The social network made the blunder when it posted the above image in honour of Philippine Independence Day on June 12. Facebook has apologised after it accidentally reported that the Philippines had gone to WAR.
But instead of the country’s actual flag with the blue part up top and the red portion below, Facebook’s home page showed the red at the top and blue at the bottom.
As explained by the Philippine Star, this arrangement is taken as “signifying the country is in a state of war”.
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“Happy Independence Day! Here’s to all of the Philippines’ health, happiness and prosperity,” the Facebook banner read , but online users quickly told them of the error.
@facebook , you have the Philippine flag upside down w/c means we are at war. Blue is Up, Red is down.
— theLAUNDRYDIARY (@theLAUNDRYDIARY) June 12, 2016
Aww. @facebook has inappropriately inverted Philippine flag as it greets our country for the celebration of the Independence Day.
— King Pau (@KingPauuuuu) June 12, 2016
Oops. @facebook erroneously inverts Philippine flag on Independence Day pic.twitter.com/l7sMj26yUr
— Dennis Maliwanag (@DMaliwanagINQ) June 12, 2016
Dear @facebook please change the Philippine flag you posted. Red on top means the country is at war. Blue should be on top! Apologize too.
— NEY (@neyvillasenor) June 12, 2016
“This was unintentional, and we’re sorry,” the social network said in a statement sent to the Star. “We care deeply about the community in the Philippines and, in an attempt to connect people on Independence Day, we made a mistake.”
The Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines states that the flag is flown with the blue field on top in time of peace.
May 28-June 12 are the Flag Days; all citizens are encouraged to fly the Philippine colors: https://t.co/O6r6YTjkPd pic.twitter.com/iSVHP4X67V
— Official Gazette PH (@govph) June 2, 2016
“The flag, if flown from a flagpole, shall have its blue field on top in time of peace and the red field on top in time of war; if in a hanging position, the blue field shall be to the right (left of the observer) in time of peace, and the red field to the right (left of the observer) in time of war,” read the law.