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Here’s why your Twitter feed is filled with these red flag emojis

The red flag emoji symbolizes a warning in this new Twitter trend.

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If you’ve spent any time on Twitter over the last couple of days, no doubt you’ve seen a bunch of posts using the red flag emoji quite liberally. As tends to happen on social media, the emoji has become the subject of a pretty major trend, with its use on the platform skyrocketing over the last couple of days.

So what does it mean? Twitter told CNET that it had seen a 455 percent increase in the use of the red flag emoji over the last week, but why has this particular emoji become so important all of a sudden?

It turns out that a trend has evolved over the last several days of people warning others on Twitter of potential “red flags.” From relationship warnings to general people you should stay away from, people have begun using the red flag emoji as a warning to other people, similar to the meaning of “red flag” in the real world.

The trend started earlier this week, with several tweets covering potential red flags when dating someone. These became so popular, amassing tens of thousands of likes, that it quickly evolved into a much larger trend.

Now, you see users warning against all kinds of potential red flags, like bad tastes in movies:

And of course, as is the case with most trends on Twitter, the brands have begun to capitalize on the hype over the red flag emoji:

But if you put yourself out there as a brand, you always leave the door open for criticism:

The huge boom in popularity of the red flag emoji on Twitter is nothing more than a trend similar to other trends that tend to sweep across social media.

One thing that is important to consider is how those with visual impairments that use screen readers experience this meme. Screen readers capture the entire tweet and a bunch of red flags can make some users’ experiences much more annoying.

Chances are, the entire platform will forget about the emoji in the coming weeks. But do yourself a favor and read through some of the red flag tweets you see out there. You may learn some good advice.

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Staff writer at KnowTechie. Alex has two years of experience covering all things technology, from video games to electric cars. He's a gamer at heart, with a passion for first-person shooters and expansive RPGs. Shoot him an email at

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