The center finger gesture has been authorised by the European Parliament. Different parliaments too

The usage of the center finger as an insult is believed up to now again to the 4th century BC, when the thinker Diogenes in Athens advised a bunch of spectators what he considered the orator Demosthenes by making the gesture. The traditional Romans, then again, known as the center finger Digitus Imbuticus (“Assault, indecent finger”).

One of many oldest political center fingers with photographic proof is that of US Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, who mocked college students at Binghamton College in New York in 1976. It later grew to become generally known as the “Rockefeller Salute”.