Fact Check: UN Headquarters Did NOT Replace The Flags Of All Countries With Rainbow Flags

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  • by: Rebaz Majeed
Fact Check: UN Headquarters Did NOT Replace The Flags Of All Countries With Rainbow Flags Not UN

Did the UN headquarters replace the flag of all countries with rainbow flags because of Pride Month? No, that's not true. The UN headquarters did not raise pride flags. The videos that are released don't show flags in front of the UN headquarters. It's the Rockefeller Center in New York.

The claim appeared in a video (archived here) where it was published by @hussainnajeib on June 11, 2023, under the title "The UN headquarter replaced the flag of countries with homosexuals' flag. They have a huge power behind them".

This is what the post looked like on TikTok at the time of writing:

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(Source: TikTok screenshot taken on Wed Jun 14 08:46:58 2023 UTC)

The claim has gone viral and shared by many other accounts on TikTok and other social media platforms, as archived here, here and here.

While many people claim that the UN headquarters in New York replaced the flag of all the countries with a rainbow flag, the videos that have been published are not in front of the UN headquarters in New York, but rather the Rockefeller Center.

Rockefeller Center in New York wrote:

Rockefeller Center is commemorating the occasion with its annual campus-wide fรชte. Along with pride art installations across the campus, Rockefeller Center is decorated in technicolor with rainbow pathways on Center Plaza and pride flags around the Rink and the Weather Room at Top of the Rock.

Regarding the false claim, AP wrote:

Social media users are twisting the facts to erroneously suggest the United Nations itself took the unusual step of replacing its members' flags with Pride flags.

Different videos of the Rockefeller Center's building with pride flags have been shared online on different social media platforms, in which many claim to be in front of the UN headquarters. The claim has been also debunked by Yahoo and Misbar.

  Rebaz Majeed

Rebaz Majeed is a fact-checker at Lead Stories. He is a multilingual freelance journalist and researcher. He worked for five years as a reporter for Voice of America (VOANews) in Iraq. Currently, he is pursuing his MA in Interdisciplinary Studies of the Middle East at Free Berlin University. Rebaz brings extensive knowledge and expertise to his role at LeadStories.

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