Israeli Olympic team complains about its Facebook treatment
JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israel Olympic Committee sent a letter of protest to Facebook after receiving complaints that Israel was unaccountably placed last in an alphabetical listing of countries and groups competing in the Rio Olympics.
A feature called Profile Frames, which allows users to add a national flag and the Rio 2016 logo to their profile picture, lists 206 countries and groups, such as refugees, competing in the Rio Games. Israel and its flag do not appear on the list in its alphabetical place; Israel appears at the end, after Zimbabwe, and features the flag of the Israeli Olympic Committee.
A number of other countries, including the United States and Great Britain, are also represented by their Olympic committee logos or other symbols.
The Israel Olympic Committee’s letter of protest was in response to several messages on its Facebook page complaining of the omission, Ynet reported.