Social media networks and internet giants are known for introducing different stickers and features to celebrate different events. On Facebook for instance, more than 1 million users are planning on participating in pride events in the month of June with more than 7 thousand events are scheduled for the month. As two of the largest social media platform, both Facebook and Instagram have opted to celebrate the occasion as they introduced new stickers and reactions for everyone in these networks.
Aside from new reactions and stickers, Facebook users will be able to add frames to their profile pictures to support the cause. Moreover, users are now able to see animations at the top of the news feed with an invitation to add the frame. The company said, “When you choose this temporary rainbow reaction, you’ll be expressing your ‘Pride’ to the post.”
The company reiterated its stance to support the LGBTQ community with its official post. In an official bog post, Facebook’s Vice President Alex Schultz wrote, “Facebook has long been a supporter of LGBTQ rights, through our products, policies and benefits to our employees. Not only will we be a part of Pride activities in more than 20 cities around the world, including in San Francisco, where we first marched in 2011, but we will also celebrate with our employees by hosting events and discussions, as well as by draping the Facebook monument outside the Menlo Park headquarters in the rainbow flag, as the company has done each year since 2012.”
“Our commitment and support of the LGBTQ community has been unwavering. From our support of marriage equality and bullying prevention, to the many product experiences that we’ve brought to life, we are proud of our attention to the LGBTQ experience on Facebook, often thanks to the many LGBTQ people and allies who work here.”
“Last year, for the first time ever, we began publicly sharing self-reported data around our LGBTQ community at Facebook. In a recent, voluntary survey of our employees in the US about sexual orientation and gender identity, to which 67 percent responded, 7 percent self-identified as being lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender or asexual. We are proud to support the LGBTQ community, and while more work still remains, we are eager to be active partners going forward.”
Instagram also introduced similar features with new stickers and a new rainbow brush tool which can be used by anyone to add rainbow in his/her photos. Instagram introduced the features earlier on May 31st.
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