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.
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.
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