Red flags take over Twitter as users share warnings

If you’ve spent any time on Twitter lately, you’ve probably seen a ton of literal red flags. Here’s why the emoji is more popular than ever.

According to CNET, Twitter has seen a 455% increase in the use of the red flag emoji this past week. On October 12, 1.5 million red flag emojis were tweeted around the world. Like lots of social media trends, it all started on Black Twitter

What does the red flag emoji mean on Twitter?

The red flag emoji is symbolic of the proverbial red flag. Merriam-Webster defines a red flag as, “a warning signal or sign” and “something that indicates or draws attention to a problem, danger or irregularity.” 

People on Twitter are using the red flag emoji to draw attention to their personal red flags.

How the red flag emoji went viral on Twitter

The trend started when Black Twitter, or Twitter’s community of Black users, began to share their dating and relationship red flags. Many of the red flags were ironic or just jokes. After a few tweets from Black Twitter went viral, the meme took off around the globe. 

The format of the meme is simple, state your red flag and follow it with about a dozen red flag emojis. 

“Going all day without talking to me,” @inaflorescaa said using several red flag emojis. The tweet has received over 107,000 likes

“Me and my ex are still friends,” @mykelrenee said in a tweet with over 47,000 likes.  

Now people are sharing all kinds of red flags

After the trend went viral, users began to share red flags beyond dating and relationships. Most of the tweets spoke more about users’ personal preferences than anything else. 

“I don’t like Indian food,” Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi wrote in a tweet

“I don’t like Beyonce,” @tillwaterfall declared on Twitter.

“I’m not on Twitter,” the official Twitter account tweeted

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