Social media giant Twitter on Thursday launched an emoji for the Milk Tea Alliance, a worldwide on the internet professional-democracy motion that has united anti-Beijing campaigners in Hong Kong and Taiwan with protesters in Thailand, Myanmar and past.
Activists welcomed the announcement of the emoji – a white cup set towards a background of 3 colors representing various shades of milk tea in Thailand, Hong Kong and Taiwan – for the to start with anniversary of the motion.
The Milk Tea Alliance sprang from a Twitter war that flared right after Chinese nationalists accused a younger Thai actor and his girlfriend of supporting democracy in Hong Kong and Taiwanese independence.
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It is named right after a shared passion for sweet tea drinks in the 3 areas.
Use of the hashtag peaked once more in February right after the military coup in Myanmar, the place protesters working with the hashtag rallied regional help.
“We have observed extra than eleven million Tweets featuring the #MilkTeaAlliance hashtag above the previous 12 months,” Twitter mentioned in an announcement that pushed the hashtag to between the leading trending in Thailand, Hong Kong and Taiwan on Thursday.
Previously, Twitter launched emojis for #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter movements.
The Twitter emoji showed worldwide recognition and lent higher credibility to the youth motion, mentioned prominent Thai activist Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal, a single of the alliance’s primary voices.
“It truly is critical as it exhibits the younger people today fighting for democracy that the globe is with them and they are producing an affect,” Netiwit informed Reuters. “It truly is a indicator that on the internet activism can go considerably even further.”
Twitter is blocked in China and its obvious endorsement of a motion with a powerful present of opposition to Beijing was unlikely to harm its company, mentioned James Buchanan, a lecturer at Bangkok’s Mahidol University Worldwide University.
“Twitter has loads to attain by interesting to younger people today in the Asian markets that are open to them,” he mentioned.
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