MANILA -- (UPDATED) Filipino netizens were surprised on Sunday as social media site Facebook welcomed them with an unusual Independence Day greeting.
In a welcome note upon opening their accounts this morning, Facebook greeted them with “Happy Independence Day” accompanied by an inverted Philippine flag.
The inverted flag, with the red rather than blue side on top, means that the country is officially at war.
In a statement released on Sunday afternoon, Facebook said the use of the inverted Philippine flag was "unintentional."
"This 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,” the social media giant said.
While it was inadvertent on Facebook's part, some netizens took to social media to react on the matter.
Here are some of their reactions:
The Philippines is celebrating its 118th Independence Day on June 12.