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Instagram Says Israeli Flag Emoji Being Blocked Was A Glitch

In a statement Tuesday afternoon, Instagram said that the flag emoji being blocked from comments was just a glitch, and they have fixed the bug.

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According to a spokesperson for Instagram, "We discovered an unintentional technical bug affecting emoji including the Israeli and Finnish [sic] flags. We have identified and fixed the issue. People should be able to post the affected emoji immediately."

The Times of Israel reported that people were unable to use the Israeli flag in Instagram comments.

Instagram is blocking use of the Israeli flag in comments. This is the error message that comes up.

Rachael Krishna is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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