Happy Friends Day! The Reason Facebook Made Up This Celebration

By Monica U Santos , Feb 03, 2017 02:25 AM EST

All Facebook users across the whole world logged in to the social network today and able to see the cheesy video wishing them a Happy Friends Day! Facebook team has now taken it one step further and made up a holiday. "This Saturday, February 4, is Facebook's 13th birthday, a day we call Friends Day," said Oren Hod, Facebook's product manager.

Facebook Friends Day Is Making People Confuse

Facebook Friends Day is being celebrated by showing all people on the social network a video of a dancing robot made up of small circled pictures of their friends and reaction buttons. The company has celebrated the said event apparently to celebrate "the importance of connecting" to other people for the last two years. Back in the years 2015 and 2016, it was celebrated on February 4, which Facebook said at the time was also its anniversary.

People are now confused about this matter because it isn't clear how the day came about, how it is intended to help the users and what it is actually for. As reported by Metro, Mark Zuckerberg wrote on February 4, 2015, that "Today is a day to celebrate friends. It’s also Facebook’s birthday, but today isn’t about celebrating us. It’s about friendship." But this year, Facebook has decided to celebrate it earlier than expected and sharing personalized videos with its billions of users today.

On February 4, 2016, a press release also came and the idea of a video, which is saying together as "special moments with your friends." That release mentioned that "each year we recognize this day as Friends Day and invite the world to celebrate and reflect on the importance of connecting". But For this year, starting on February 2, the video is showing up at the top of each users' news feed when they log in.

The Real Date Of Friendship Day

According to Telegraph, the official International Friendship Day that is recognized by the United Nations is marked as July 30. The UN also says that the official friendship day was created in 2011 to celebrate and ‘recognise the relevance and importance of friendship as a noble and valuable sentiment in the lives of human beings around the world.’ That is why the celebration has left all the users of Facebook somewhat confused.


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