Published: Sun, April 02, 2017
Technology | By Timothy Carter

Twitter announces new default profile picture

Twitter announces new default profile picture

But lastly, an extension of its first reason, is that people started to associate the egg avatar with negative behavior and it was time for a new default profile picture. Twitter hopes this change will encourage users to replace the default image with a real photo of themselves, dissuading people from remaining anonymous or being associated with trolls.

An egg avatar on Twitter has become synonymous with hateful trolls, so Twitter is making a change.

Twitter has changed its iconic default profile photo icon from egg to a new image that "feels like an empty state or placeholder" and is more gender-balanced.

The redesign led to more than a few jokes on Twitter (where else?) that the company is painting over a symbol of harassment on the platform rather than actually tackling the harassment itself. As we all know by now, online harassment, especially on Twitter, is a rampant problem that everyone from Monica Lewinsky to Melania Trump (lol) has tried to address. The attributes it was aiming for include generic, universal, serious, unbranded, temporary, and inclusive. "When we put [the new image] in there, it really highlighted the absence: 'Oh, this person doesn't have a profile pic.' Or 'Oh, I probably should put my picture on here". Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

Earlier this month, Twitter announced that they were giving users the power to block any accounts that used the "Egg" avatar in an effort to combat online harassment. They feel that the default egg profile photo too, needs a change.

But this policy does not apply to news and information that calls attention to hate, sensitive topics, or violence, but does not advocate for it.

The site has been criticized for failing to tackle some high-profile cases. 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.

The filter also doesn't appear to be hugely effective yet.

These included p**fter, m**g, p**y, p**sy and f**got.

Twitter is not oblivious to this unfortunate association.

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