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Twitter Killed The Egg Avatar And People Are Not Happy

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Twitter announced Friday that it was ditching the egg avatar as a default profile picture and replacing it with a "gender-balanced" figure.

For the past seven years, the egg icon was the default profile picture for every new Twitter account.

The company said in a blog post that it was meant to reference "how eggs hatch into birds that send all the Tweets you see on Twitter."

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

"The new default image feels more like an empty state or placeholder, and we hope it encourages people to upload images that express themselves," the company said.

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.

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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."

Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Tasneem Nashrulla at tasneem.nashrulla@buzzfeed.com.

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