Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Twitter emoji for the Trump-Kim summit


Twitter has a special emoji during the meeting this week between President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jongun, which shows two hands wearing each country's flag on their sleeves high-fiving each other.

Twitter #TrumpKimSummit emoji promo



The emoji gets activated when you use these hashtags:


  • #TrumpKimSummit
  • #TrumpKim
  • #USNorthKorea
  • #SingaporeSummit
  • #USDPRK
  • #북미회담
  • #트럼프김정은
  • #김정은트럼프
  • #美朝会谈
  • #米朝会談


Interestingly, when I did a search, a different set of hands showed up alongside the Korean language hashtags. Compare:

      

I wonder if that US-NK imagery doesn't go over well with some?

In the past, Twitter has drawn up event-specific emojis for trending events that are driving new conversations online. But the topics have typically been limited to company promotions, sports events or holidays.
Given this, some users and media were divided on whether a high-five is an appropriate response to a serious political event that could either result in a step toward peace or increased military threats.
Others have taken issue with a portrayal of North Korea’s Kim Jong-un as a state leader equal to US President Trump, rather than a brutal dictator and human rights violator.
[US-NK Summit] Twitter launches ‘high-five’ emoji for US-North Korea summit, draws backlash

I have to admit, I felt a little sad seeing President Moon sitting around watching the summit go down on a laptop. Talk about FOMO.

President Moon watching the Trump-Kim summit. Screencap from CGTN


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