Say Goodbye To Twitter Eggs, Not Trolls

Interestingly, Twitter claims, people were associating the default egg image to accounts that were created strictly for harassing others. Twitter said. "The new default image feels more like an empty slate or placeholder, and we hope it encourages people to upload images that express themselves".

This was meant to play off the site's bird theme, suggesting that new Twitter users were just eggs waiting to hatch. The company states that while many people change the default photo to their photo of choice, many people continue using the egg finding it cute or attractive. We reviewed many variations of our figure, altering both the head and shoulders to feel more inclusive to all genders.

Twitter says it 'prohibits the promotion of hate content, sensitive topics, and violence globally'. Find us on Facebook too!


Twitter default profile photo through the years.

It gave three reasons for the change to a generic, faceless gray head and shoulders. Previously users could change the background of the egg to seven different colours, while the new profile photo will have "generic" gray colour as the only option.

Fare thee well egg avatar, we hardly knew ye. Switching up the profile picture may be putting a bandaid on the problem, but it does nothing to fix harassment in the long run.


Lastly, the egg image was becoming an unintended symbol of harassment, which was starting to stereotype new users who hadn't yet personalized their profiles. The platform has faced growing criticism for their lack of stronger action against president Donald Trump's regular barrage of "bully tweets" and the militia of cyberbullies who routinely shame, stalk, and harass other users Twitter.

Racial slurs, homophobic language, "ablest" slurs, and sexist language have all slipped through Twitter's new censorship feature. The company has replaced it with a "gender-balanced" figure.

Twitter has begun chipping away at its 140 character limit, ditched favorites for likes and moved away from a reverse chronological timeline to one that relies partly on an algorithm.



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