Facebook's French Flag Causes Controversy Amongst Users And Here's Why

Why People Aren't Using Facebook's French Flag, In Their Own Words

In the wake of the horrific terror attacks in Paris which left at least 132 dead, people on social media have been paying tribute to those killed by adopting the image of the French flag.

A filter applied to people's profile pictures superimposes the flag over the images but after an initial flurry of support on Saturday, people are now questioning why Facebook hasn't offered a similar function for incidents across the world.

Many have now refused to adopt the flag, however, and this is why in their own words...

"To all the people changing their profile picture to the colours of the French flag im sorry to say but it fucking...

Posted by David Marshall on Sunday, November 15, 2015

Not trying to be rude here but the French flag solidarity is getting so boring for profile pics just like the rainbow...

Posted by Lada Androos on Sunday, November 15, 2015

I won't be changing my profile picture for the French flag. It's because that if I only did this for only Paris, this...

Posted by Krisha Pangilinan on Monday, November 16, 2015

Well what can I say, really not happy that most Bulgarians have changed their profile pictures to the French flag. I...

Posted by Cece Ivanova on Monday, November 16, 2015

Hey Mark Zuckerberg & Facebook,I see you launched a French flag to go with our profile pictures. That's nice of you....

Posted by Sepehr Ghofrani on Sunday, November 15, 2015

Suddenly no one has the French flag profie pic anymore.... happy i didnt change mine... i will never support a country...

Posted by Zara Lawrence on Sunday, November 15, 2015

I am going to rant a little here. I see everyone changing their profile pic to the French flag. I understand your...

Posted by Donald E. Thompson Jr. on Sunday, November 15, 2015

I will not change my profile pix to French flag colors. To the good people & law enforcement of France, I stand with you...

Posted by Brion Milligan on Sunday, November 15, 2015

I have decided to remove the French flag off my profile picture. I don't disagree with them fighting back, but they're...

Posted by Nancy America Nevarez-Lopez on Sunday, November 15, 2015

And here we go, French flag being projected all over the world and facebook makes a French flag DP filter. I wonder why...

Posted by Muneeb Zubair on Sunday, November 15, 2015

Sorry. Can't do it. I had the French flag screened over my profile picture in sympathy for the people of Paris for the...

Posted by Mark Hilditch on Sunday, November 15, 2015

I'm choosing NOT to put the French flag over my profile picture. My personal choice. Not because I don't feel for...

Posted by Russell Quddus on Sunday, November 15, 2015

Right I understand the the support for the French and all- my facebook wall looks like the french flag allover -granted...

Posted by Richard Wright on Sunday, November 15, 2015

Can people stop using the French flag as an attack on Muslims. I won't be changing my picture to a French flag because...

Posted by Charlotte Marie Parry on Sunday, November 15, 2015

Still wondering if everybody who changed their profile picture to the French flag are now going to change it to the...

Posted by Shawn Duckers on Monday, November 16, 2015

People are not just explaining their reasoning on Facebook itself, however, as one letter to the Sydney Morning Herald went viral due to its eloquent portrayal of the argument against adopting the French flag.

French-based Australian lawyer Clair Duffy wrote: "It's also because, if every day I was to change my Facebook profile picture into the translucent flag of the countries where people had died atrocious deaths that day... it would represent all the colours of the rainbow.

"So, Facebook, give me a symbol that represents the scope of global suffering and I will wear it. Write me the song, and I will sing it," she wrote.


  • 132 dead, French prosecutor says, with 352 injured, 99 critically
  • Locations targeted in suicide bombings and shootings
  • 89 slain at Bataclan concert theatre after hostage situation
  • Restaurants, football stadium attacked in night of horror
  • Police leave cancelled and around 1,500 soldiers mobilised
  • French border controls increased, state of emergency declared
  • Seven extremists in three teams carried out attacks, all killed
  • Manhunt under way for accomplices, arrests made in Brussels after police raids
  • David Cameron chairs meeting of Government Cobra committee
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