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Twitter changes iconic egg profile photo - The Hindu

Popular micro-blogging website Twitter has changed its iconic default egg profile photo to a new neutral human silhouette after seven years as part of an initiative to combat harassment and encourage users to upload their own pictures. The change in ...and more »

Twitter is getting rid of the egg avatar (because that will totally fix the abuse problem) - TechCrunch

Everyone knows that Twitter has a harassment problem. And while the service has tried things like banning abusive users (both on a temporary and permanent basis) it hasn't really fixed the problem. Today, they're announcing another sweeping change that ...and more »

Twitter Addresses Nazi Egg Problem by Making Nazis Look Like Something Else - Gizmodo

On Friday, Twitter unveiled a new default profile pic for users, swapping out the site's ubiquitous egg avatars for a human-like blob. According to the company, the move was made to encourage “people to express themselves” after noticing “an ...and more »

Twitter Drops Its Egg, The Unintended Avatar Of Harassment - NPR

Since 2010, the default avatar on Twitter has been an egg. The idea apparently was that a new user was like a gestating bird, soon to make its first tweet. It was designed to be playful and cute. But over time, Twitter's eggs came to symbolize ...and more »

Twitter's Solution to “Egg” Accounts Sounds Like a Bad, Early April Fools' Joke - The Mary Sue

That's Twitter, deftly smashing their egg problem. Yesterday, Twitter confused us all with some strange changes to the way replies work, but that new system is not nearly as bizarre as the way they've decided to tackle harassment from “egg” accounts ...and more »

Twitter's redesign raises the question: What came first, the troll or the egg? - Quartz

The Twitter egg is a joke we never really got. The placeholder avatar for users without a profile photo was supposedly a reference to the bird on Twitter's logo. “This was a playful way to reference how eggs hatch into birds that send all the Tweets ...and more »

Twitter changes its default profile photo from an egg to a human-shaped blob - Macworld

Twitter has ditched the egg, abandoning the bird motif for a more generic option. On Friday, Twitter introduced a new default profile picture, switching from the well-known egg to a simple human silhouette. Twitter hopes this change will encourage ...and more »

Twitter abandons default 'egg' avatars due to 'association' with trolling - The Independent

Twitter has dropped the “egg” avatar that serves as its default profile picture because of fears it has become associated with online abuse. “We've noticed patterns of behaviour with accounts that are created only to harass others – often they don't ...and more »

Twitter is retiring its default 'egg' profile picture, but that doesn't do anything to solve its abuse problems - Recode

R.I.P. Twitter eggs. Twitter is changing its default profile photo and getting rid of the egg picture it has used since 2010 for users who don't upload their own picture. Instead, Twitter is using a new human silhouette to encourage people to upload ...and more »

Twitter changes default profile image from an egg to human, Tweeple react - Hindustan Times

Twitter has changed its default profile photo from “Twitter egg” as a user's default profile image to a human silhouette. The micro-blogging website has been trolled repeatedly for its “Twitter egg”, which was the default image for users who don't ...and more »