Tom Oliverson, a state representative in Texas, has filed a resolution asking people to please stop using an emoji of the Chilean flag as a symbol of Texas pride. Apparently, the Chilean flag is available on the standard set of emojis, but the Texan state flag is not.

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To quote, the resolution asks lawmakers “to reject the notion that the Chilean flag, although it is a nice flag, can in any way compare to or be substituted for the official state flag of Texas and urge all Texans not to use the Republic of Chile flag emoji in digital forums when referring to the Lone Star Flag of the great State of Texas.”

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The confusion is understandable: both have a single white star on a blue field on the left with a horizontal white stripe on top of a red stripe. The Texas flag features the blue goes from top to bottom; on the Chilean flag, the red horizontal stripe stretches across the bottom. Oliverson sees this is a civics lesson for social media, as many are using the Chilean flag emoji in tweets and text messages about Texas. Given the statewide publicity this resolution received on Friday, Oliverson believes that even if the legislature doesn’t hear or debate his resolution, his objective of preventing flag confusion has been received.

If the standard set of emojis is updated to include the Texas flag, here’s hoping it is labelled appropriately so the Chilean government will not have to create their own legislation in retaliation.

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