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Facebook adds rainbow flag emoji for Pride month

Facebook has released a rainbow flag emoji for Pride month.
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In addition to Facebook allowing people to show their appreciation for an outstanding status with a thumbs-up or smilie face, today they added a new emoji to their emoticon ribbon to celebrate Pride month: a rainbow flag.

The company in a post says they, “believe in building a platform that supports all communities.”

You cannot immediately see the flag icon, instead you must go to the LGBTQ@Facebook page and “like.”

Occasionally the social media giant releases special reaction buttons to honor a certain event.

Last month they re-issued their “thankful” emoji in the form of a purple flower in time for Mother’s Day.

In a statement Facebook says they celebrate their LGBT team and their allies as they attend Pride celebrations around the globe and remembering the one-year anniversary of the Pulse tragedy.

“This weekend, thousands of Facebook employees and our families and friends are getting ready to march in Pride events all over the world," they write

“We wish everyone a safe and happy Pride, wherever you may be participating, and we're keeping those affected by the tragedy in Orlando in our thoughts.”

You can also change your profile picture to include the word "Pride" if you desire.

You can choose a stock rainbow heart frame from Facebook itself or select from a number of options created by different people and organizations.