Twitter’s red flag trend explained

If you ask, is this a red flag? Twitter has you covered.

This week, the social media platform’s feed exploded with red flag emojis in a now viral internet meme.

Users are tweeting their red flags – and examples of warning-worthy behavior or statements.

If you’re not sure what red flags are, you’re probably not in the dating market, but red flags don’t just pop up when you’re looking for Mr. Right or accidentally Mrs. Wrong bumps into.

A red flag is something you notice about someone that makes you say, “Uh-oh.” It’s like an alarm went off that this person might be a little disturbed, a total turn off.

While red flags can be more serious things — like personality traits that can make you run for the hills — Twitter has, of course, added a humorous twist.

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“Red flags” are dating warning signs, things that make you say, “Oh no.”
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“‘I don’t like Frank Ocean'”, a fan of the singer-songwriter tweeted, followed by dozens of red flag emojis.

‘Me and my ex are still friends’ tweeted another one with red flags.

Celebrities even joined in on the fun, featuring musician Tai Verdes tweet, “‘That guitar doesn’t sound so good'” followed by red flags.

Fan accounts even joined in on the prank, such as the Office Memes Twitter account to post, “‘I don’t like The Office.’ “

The official Pepsi account too tweeted“I’ve never had a Pepsi in my life.” “

Some people weren’t too thrilled with the phenomenon, annoyed by the excessive amounts of red flag emojis on their feeds.

One Twitter user joked about the trend, saying: people who use red flags are in fact red flags.

“If they tweet the red flag,” they wrote.

Netflix joined in on the fun, reminding us that beauty is only skin deep.

Others put their own spin on the emoji, pointing out their “favorite” red flags, such as the “spicy” flag atop a mountain of fried chicken.

Users too joked about themselves, tweeting that they are their own red flags — or, to signal that they might be a little toxic — and joke that their favorite color is red so they ignore the red flags.

Instead of focusing on the negativity of what they don’t like, other people focused on their green flags — or, the things people say they love.

“Can we start by mentioning some green flags?” tweeted a person. “I’ll start: ‘Let me pay for your hairdressing appointment.’ “

If you’re still not on board with this viral trend, you may not be spending enough time on it Twitter – which might be a red flag.


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