“It happened.” A post online read upon seeing that Facebook has now added ‘Philippines, Province of China’ in its option for location check-in.
The option is also available on Instagram, which is owned by Facebook.
The options is available through the geotagging, a process of adding geographical identification metadata to various media such as geotagged photograph or video, websites, SMS messages, QR codes, or RSS feed and a form of geospatial metadata.
Some Filipinos find this ‘insulting’ and embarassing.
The relationship of the Philippines with China has suffered due to the worsening South China Sea dispute.
These options become available through the Geotagging. Geotagging is the process of adding geographical identification metadata to various media such as a geotagged photograph or video, websites, SMS messages, QR Codes or RSS feeds and is a form of geospatial metadata.— Daily Guardian (@dailyguardianph) May 15, 2020
Here are some of the reactions online:
Province of China? Really? We may have a lot of problems as a country but I don't wish to become part of another country. Not China. Not in my lifetime. pic.twitter.com/gQrWUQRC1p— Edward Matuguina (@edmatuguina) May 15, 2020
Nobody studied Makabayan, Hekasi, Rizal, Filipino, and Philippine History for this country to just be called a “Province of China”— Justine Rae (@blechjustine) May 15, 2020
Philippines, pRoViNcE oF cHiNa.jpeg pic.twitter.com/JYWtT9Pejc— ☪️ (@vei_montefalco) May 15, 2020