“Twitter To Replace Egg Avatar With Confederate Flag.”
Accounts with egg profile pictures had come to be associated with troll accounts, online harassment, and as recently as yesterday, with FBI director James Comey.
Twitter acknowledged that one of the reasons it killed the egg was to counter its association with “negative behavior.”
“We’ve noticed patterns of behavior with accounts that are created only to harass others – often they don’t take the time to personalize their accounts,” the company 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.”
But people on Twitter were pissed off that Twitter thought killing the egg would curb online harassment from troll accounts.
They rolled their eyes at Twitter’s apparent solution to complaints of online abuse.