Scottish flag missing on St. Andrew’s Day status update
Today, Cyber Monday shares its celebration of e-commerce with another day. That of the patron saint of Scotland, St. Andrew. Legend states that the remains of [Saint] Andrew the Apostle were brought over to Scotland from Constantinople. The town where his remains were sent to is better known for golf: St. Andrews.
Given that Google marked St. Andrew’s Day with a Nessie-themed Google Doodle, Facebook it seemed, came to the party with a bottle of wine, which turned out to be a pint of semi-skimmed milk. As with many special days in the Gregorian calendar, Facebook allows you to enter a special status update. In this case, “I’m celebrating St. Andrew’s Day with Nicola”. With a choice of flag.
Unless you’re Scottish.
Much to the disappointment of Scottish citizens, its 5.3 million people have been denied the chance of saying “I’m celebrating St. Andrew’s Day…” with a chance to represent their status update with the saltire. Instead, they were given the choice of Romania’s flag. More Transylvanian than Tarbertian.
Not only Edinburgh, also Bucharest
St. Andrew’s Day isn’t only observed in Scotland. Andrew the Apostle is also the Patron Saint of Tenerife, Romania, Barbados, Russia and the Ukraine. He is also the Patron Saint of miners, butchers, pregnant women and cures for sore throats.
Some critics have cried foul at Facebook’s decision, all the more so after a plea to add Scotland as an advertising target region was rejected. It is worth pointing out there was nothing personal involved, nor bias intended, and that Facebook had a glitch.
Net66, 30 November 2015.