IndonesiaBalloons were ‘unfortunate’ says social media giant.

Red faces at Facebook after quake gaff

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Facebook admits balloons sent the wrong message.
Facebook admits balloons sent the wrong message. Photo Credit: GettyImages

Many Indonesians wrote messages on Facebook using the word "selamat" — which can mean "safe" but also "congratulations" — triggering celebratory animations.

The rise in death toll in Lombok comes as Facebook apologises for automatically embellishing posts about the earthquake with images of balloons and confetti on the social media platform.

Many Indonesians wrote messages on Facebook using the word "selamat" — which can mean "safe" but also "congratulations" — triggering celebratory animations.

"The feature (automatic animations for 'congratulations' in posts) is widely available on Facebook globally," a spokeswoman for the world's largest social network said in a statement.

"However we regret that it appeared in this unfortunate context and have since turned off the feature locally."

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