Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now
Saturday 23 September 2023 Dublin: 12°C
AP Photo/Bullit Marquez
# whoops
Facebook apologises for accidentally declaring the Philippines at war
A message designed to promote Independence Day showed an upside-down flag, a sign that the country is at war.

FACEBOOK HAS APOLOGISED for a mistake which implied the Philippines was at war.

On 12 June, the site displayed a banner to users in the country to coincide with the country’s Independence Day.

There was one problem. The flag on display was upside down which is the sign that the country is at war. Usually, the blue section of the flag is at the top to show that the country is at peace, but inverted when it’s at war.

“The flag, if flown from a flagpole, shall have its blue field on top in times of peace and the red field on top in time of war”, reads a section of the Philippines Flag and Heraldic code. “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”.

Facebook apologised for the mistake, telling the PhilStar Global it was "unintentional, and we're sorry".

"We care deeply about the community in the Philippines and, in an attempt to connect people on Independence Day, we made a mistake," it said.

Read: Microsoft is buying LinkedIn for a staggering $26 billion >

Read: Your biggest security problem isn't whether you'll get hacked or not >

Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.