Why Is Twitter Ditching The Egg Avatar?

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"But now it's time for something new something that encourages people to upload their own photos for more personal expression", the company announced yesterday.

Twitter said they wanted a new default profile photo to "prompt more self-expression".

The egg default profile image has been in use by the company since 2010, in a reference to the site's logo - a bird in flight.

Twitter has changed the default profile picture for new accounts from an egg on one of seven different background colors to what they described to Fast Company as a "gumdrop-headed human". The default image is made gray to signify that it is only meant to be a temporary profile picture, and for inclusivity, the head shape was made non-circular, as a circle head has been associated with masculinity.

Attention is likely to focus on the unusual new image and Twitter admitted its designers had struggled to achieve a figure that did not look too much like a man.

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The change in strategy came after the famous Twitter egg photo became associated with negative behaviour and trolls to harass and bully others. Twitter calls its new default profile photograph non-specific, all inclusive, genuine, unbranded, transitory and comprehensive.

Twitter has made a big show about trying to solve the seemingly endless amount of abuse and targeted harassment on its platform. Among those options was a filter that screened out newly created accounts, the ones most likely to sport the egg pic; and a filter to just screen anyone sporting the default pic, regardless of how old their account was. In addition to this, Twitter worked to ensure that the default profile picture included everyone and should not at all be gender biased.

Racial slurs, homophobic language, "ablest" slurs, and sexist language have all slipped through Twitter's new censorship feature. The company has replaced it with a "gender-balanced" figure. The change has also been unpopular with Twitter users.

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