On March 26, several people all over Facebook changed their profile photos to red and light-shaded equality signs in support of the Human Rights Campaign and same-sex marriage. While Facebook couldn’t track specifically the numbers of those who changed their profile pictures to this image, the site’s data science team tracked how many users changed their profile photos that day — an increase of 120 percent.
This week’s Supreme Court hearings on two cases related to same-sex marriage have taken over many a Facebook News Feed, and according to a post on the LGBTQ@Facebook page, “equality” was the top related term on the Facebook Talk Meter.
Facebook users who are puzzled by seeing red equal signs all over their News Feeds, here’s what they’re all about: With the Supreme Court hearing arguments Tuesday on California’s Proposition 8, which mandates that the state recognize only marriages between men and women, Human Rights Campaign is urging Facebook users who support same-sex marriage to change their profile pictures to the red equal sign image.
Facebook joined the growing list of companies expressing their support for same-sex marriage, announcing in a post on its LGBTQ@Facebook page that it will submit briefs on the topic to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Beverage company Dr Pepper became the latest brand on Facebook to discover that when interacting with a social network that boasts more than 955 million average monthly users, many of those users lack a sense of humor.
Not long after Atlanta-based fast food restaurant Chick-Fil-A was grilled on Facebook for its stance on gay marriage, the company is under fire again for its use of the social network. Various outlets reported that Chick-Fil-A opened a Facebook account as a teenage girl named Abby Farle as a way to argue claims in a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page, but a Chick-Fil-A spokeswoman told AllFacebook that this is false.
Facebook’s introduction earlier this month of icons depicting same-sex marriage drew the ire of religious activists in Russia, who mounted a campaign to ban the social network in the country.
Facebook followed up last year’s additions of in a civil union and in a domestic partnership as relationship status options with the introduction of new same-sex marriage icons, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation announced.