Facebook says it will prevent users in Ghana from accessing solidarity flag filters of other nations after accusing Ghanaian users of “constantly turning a blind eye to local tragedies.”
Data from the social networking website shows a shockingly low volume of commentary from Ghanaian users following media reports of decaying bodies spotted in the Odaw river on Sunday. The four bodies are believed to be victims of last Monday’s floods in Accra. Facebook described the lack of moral indignation as “disgraceful” given the Ghanaian online community’s usually high volume of commentary on tragedies elsewhere in the world.
One Facebook data analyst was bemused that “Ghanaians will change their profile pictures to show solidarity with others and update their statuses with ‘Pray for X’ but they turn a blind eye when fellow citizens are washed into an open sewer like empty water sachets.”
“This recent tragedy is a blight on the conscience of a society which promised to end flood related deaths in the capital after devastating floods and a petrol station explosion claimed the lives of over 150 people last June.”
The solidarity flag filter ban will start immediately, meaning “Ghanaian users will no longer be able to use flag filters of other nations until they begin to show genuine solidarity with their downtrodden countrymen who are without a voice,” Facebook said.
The ban, according to Facebook, will also prevent Ghanaian users from sharing or even liking “Like if you love God, ignore if you love the devil” pictures until users begin to show true love to their fellow brothers and sisters.