Known to many … and by now unknown to few. Since the end of 2015, WhatsApp incorporates among its multiple emojis -emoticons- the tricolor flagThis being the only regional one offered among the different autonomous regions of Spain. Neither the Basque ikurriña, nor the Catalan and Valencian flagship or the Andalusian arbonaida are in the popular mobile application.
It is not the only case. Other international flags are among the emojis. This is the case of Gibraltar, Greenland, the Falkland Islands, the Pitcairn Islands, the Caymans, New Caledonia, French Polynesia or Aruba, are some examples, but unlike the Canary Islands all these are territories dependent on countries that are thousands of kilometers of them, but the Canary Islands, despite its remoteness, is not an overseas territory but an Autonomous Community.
And then what is the reason for the appearance of the Canarian flag in WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? The question of who decided to include the tricolor remains without an official answer from the Unicode Consortium – its members include representatives from Adobe Systems, Apple, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle Corporation and Yahoo! and they implement a character encoding standard designed to facilitate the computer processing, transmission and display of multiple texts.
However, some pages have given an answer as is the case of the Canary Flows page in which they put the ISO 3166-1 standard, which is used to define countries or territories with customs independence in two letters. This was what those of Unicode relied on when introducing the flags in the differences social networks
“The” IC “code represents the Canary Islands, reserved at the request of the World Customs Organization, as the Canary Islands are a region not covered by the provisions of the European Customs Union. Therefore, “IC” is the code obtained from the native name in Spanish, Islas Canarias. The rest of the autonomies only have the common and shared ISO of the Spanish State “, they affirm.