Twitter allows for some fantasy in the composition of its display name, including the use of emojis. But some pictograms are prohibited. Here’s why.
On Twitter, there are certain rules which govern the creation of a username. This cannot exceed 15 characters. It cannot be already used or include the words “Twitter” or “Admin”, which would fool Internet users. Finally, it must contain only alphanumeric characters and, optionally, an underscore “_”. Also forget about dashes, symbols and spaces.
It turns out that restrictions exist for the display name as well. First, it is not possible to exceed 50 characters for display name. Then, the name chosen must remain in the nails of the use of the platform – no identity theft for example, nor vulgarity or insult. This also applies to the username. Twitter expects a civil attitude from its community.
Unlike the username, the display name allows for a certain fancy by allowing internet users to use emojis. Except that again, it turns out that some pictograms are prohibited on the platform. This is what indicates Emojipedia, the benchmark site in this field, in an article dated 2018, which is still relevant today.
This concerns ✔️ ☑️ ✅ 🔹 🔷 🔵 🔘 🧿 💠 ♾🔓 🔒 🔐 🔏.
Emojis that could deceive internet users
For who is a Twitter veteran, it’s not very hard to guess what led the social network to ban certain emojis. As for validation checkmarks like ✔️ ☑️ ✅, they are just too close to the certified blue badge the service uses to indicate to the public the authenticity of a public interest account – like a media personality.
Ditto for the four padlocks 🔓 🔒 🔐 🔏 (the first is open, the second is closed, the third comes with a key and the last with a pen tip). Padlocks have a specific role on the platform, since they are used to indicate whena profile is in restricted access – tweets become protected and are no longer publicly accessible, except to people who have been authorized to follow the account.
As for the last seven emojis, 🔹 🔷 🔵 🔘 🧿 💠 ♾, the Emojipedia site explains that they were also discarded because they look too much like the checked tick – That, even though the geometric shapes and colors are quite different, with circles and diamonds. The color is however similar. In the past, Twitter allowed get a translator badge (symbolized by planet Earth), but it has fallen into disuse.
And what about some emojis that may have connotations, like a gun or a bomb? They are well authorized: it must be said that the design of certain pictograms has evolved to make them less aggressive. This is typically the case with the revolver emoji, which has become a water pistol, to limit its political and symbolic load. And perhaps also to prevent it from being a ground for conviction.
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