Countries from around the world have different symbols to symbolize a state of war or conflict. For instance, in the United States users would say burning the flag is a symbol for a state of war while others would say this is nonsense.
However, in the Philippines inverting the flag symbolizes a state of war. Inverting the flag makes it to where the red is on the top and blue on the bottom red normally being a sign of conflict and this was first caught by The Philippine Star who made a Facebook post about it which sparked a bit out outrage from the Filipino community.
The banner was designed and uploaded as a celebration of the Philippine’s Independence Day which stated the following “Happy Independence Day! Here’s to all of the Philippines’ health, happiness and prosperity,” the banner read.
The majority of the commenters were asking Facebook to correct the mistake and while there was a lot of outrage some users realized that this was simply an honest mistake as it was likely not thought about in the design process.
“This was unintentional, and we’re sorry,” said Facebook 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.”
It’s important to realize that while these mistakes are common they are not intentional and it is an honest mistake from those who may not understand much about a country’s history or the symbolism that its flag may hold or this was simply another Photoshop fail.