San Francisco 49ers tweet about Australian star Jarryd Hayne with New Zealand flag
Australian star Jarryd Hayne had a pretty good day on Monday, playing a brilliant game for his new American football team the San Francisco 49ers.
So good, in fact - with two punt returns in the first quarter - that the 49er's social media team decided to send a shoutout to Australia. Fair enough. Emoji away.
There was just one problem: they posted our flag in their tweet.
@49ers nz flag. Noobs!— Guy (@guyroch4d) August 24, 2015
Now, is this mistake somewhat understandable? Yes. Foreigners have a fair bit of trouble distinguishing between Australia's mostly blue Union Jack and stars design and OUR mostly blue Union Jack and stars design, especially when working at emoji-size.
Of course, that didn't hold back the righteous ire of a fair few Australians. After all, the 49ers have just under a million followers. Luckily for the downtrodden Aussies, unused to a confusion Kiwi expats face every day, the tweet was soon replaced with a proper Australian flag one.
Note: That's the Twitter app showing the flag as 'N Z'. On the emoji keyboard it would show as the flag.
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