Twitter unveils new emoji to express gratitude to frontliners

Twitter unveiled a new hashtag emoji to express gratitude to frontliners and health care workers who are fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

The emoji shows two hands forming a heart, and it appears when one tweets the hashtags ‘#Thankful’ or ‘#Gratitude.’

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This comes after Twitter saw a 26% increase in tweets worldwide expressing gratitude and thanks. They also saw an increase in the use of the praying emoji and the clapping emoji in early March.

Last May 12, Twitter posted, “To give you another way to show your gratitude, we’ve created an emoji that will appear when you use #thankful or other hashtags for #gratitude (in various languages).”

Last March, Twitter also encouraged users to tweet clapping hand emojis on World Health Day to show support to our frontliners. Earlier this month, Facebook also launched a ‘care react’ to show extra support while many of us are apart.

How do you show your gratitude to frontliners? Let us know in the comments!


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