People are using the red flag emoji to share their biggest warning signs in friendships and relationships
A new trend has emerged in which Twitter users use the red flag emoji to signify what they believe are “red flags” in regards to a new partner, friend, or person in general.
A hypothetical statement is made, followed by multiple red flag emoji. The emoji’s proper name is “triangular flag on post,” as per the Unicode Consortium (a non-profit that maintains the computing-industry standard of text and emoji), but is commonly seen as a literal red flag.
“i don’t watch horror films” 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩— women in horror (@womeninhorrors) October 13, 2021
“shrek is not that good” 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩— ♡ briancée ♡ (@yungchipotle) October 12, 2021
Some of the tweets are humorous and lighthearted, while others point out serious warning signs in relationships and the opposite sex.
"im not ready for a relationship rn" 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩— 𝐳𝐚𝐲 𓂀 (@YuLuvZay) October 13, 2021
= I’m ready for a relationship just not with you
"i don't deserve you" 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩— leo (@MODELIONS) October 12, 2021
"i can't believe im talking to you" 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩
“I’m a photographer” *only takes shots of women naked* 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩— 𝙺𝚊𝚒𝚓𝚣𝚊𝚑 ✨🧚🏿♂️ (@_noirestbeau_) October 12, 2021
Celebrities have even joined in on the trend, with Wonder Woman herself, Lynda Carter, and Motown legend Smokey Robinson sharing tweets of their own.
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When all his favorite superheroes are men... 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩 pic.twitter.com/mOBJ2QeMzb— Lynda Carter 🎃 (@RealLyndaCarter) October 13, 2021
"I don't listen to Motown music" 🚩 🚩 🚩 🚩 🚩 🚩 🚩 🚩 🚩 🚩 🚩 🚩 🚩 🚩 🚩— Smokey Robinson (@smokeyrobinson) October 12, 2021
do they have chicken tenders 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩— Kehlani (@Kehlani) October 13, 2021
“Hello, I’m Ted Cruz” 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) October 13, 2021
Several big-name companies have also tweeted red flags that cleverly echo their brand.
“i dont watch the TikToks u send me” 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩— TikTok (@tiktok_us) October 13, 2021
"I've never played #FPL" 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩— Fantasy Premier League (@OfficialFPL) October 13, 2021
"We're not a team, we're more like a family" 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩— LinkedIn (@LinkedIn) October 13, 2021
The most popular tweets appear to comment on men’s etiquette when it comes to flirting and dating in the digital age.
“Oh you in the shower without me”🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩— 𝐂𝐫𝐞𝐨𝐥𝐞 𝐌𝐮𝐯𝐚⚜️ (@rebelleflowerr_) October 12, 2021
Dming me MY picture with heart eyes instead of commenting 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩— BluèPrint🦋 (@saadityjawn) October 12, 2021
Not everyone on the platform is enjoying the trend, with some users adding the red flag emoji to their Muted Words lists, and others tweeting that a red flag tweet is a red flag in and of itself. Some have commented that some of the tweets are a little too personal and specific. The trend has become a nuisance for those who use screen readers, as the tweets read “triangular post on flag” and repeat the phrase as many times as the emoji has been tweeted, thus rendering the trend inaccessible.
Despite the growing annoyance with the trend, new red flag tweets continue to pop up hourly.