Twitter ditches egg avatar in favor of icon resembling human figure

Twitter ditches egg avatar in favor of icon resembling human figure

Social media service Twitter Inc. has confirmed that it has ditched its egg avatar in favor of a more generic and default icon resembling a human figure.

Twitter egg was designed to be playful and cute. It used to allow users to remain anonymous or shadowy on purpose to harass other users of the social media service.

The company said the change was to encourage users to switch to an icon reflecting their personality more precisely. However, many believe that the biggest reason for the change is its link with online abuse.

Explaining the change, Twitter said, “This has created an association between the default egg profile photo and negative behavior, which isn’t fair to people who are still new to twitter and haven’t yet personalized their profile photo.”

A few weeks back, Twitter Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey pledged a totally new approach to online abuse and curtail harassment by anonymous users on its platform.

The change is being seen as part of Twitter’s efforts to shed a reputation as a home to Internet trolls to expand its user base. At the end of December 2016, the company had 319 million monthly active users, up 4 per cent from the corresponding quarter of the previous year.


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