Here's Why Red Flags Are Popping Up All Over Social Media

Those who spend time on Twitter may have noticed a surge in the number of new tweets containing the red flag emoji over the past few weeks.

Celebrities like Frank Ocean and Kehlani, along with meme-makers have jumped on the trend.

The phrase "red flag" is usually a way to suggest a warning or danger. The term is often used in dating, where people may find personality traits or preferences in a partner to be 'red flags', suggesting their relationship should not continue. And it seems that initially, this where the red flag emoji trend started.

Newsweek explains the meaning of the new red flag meme and shares some of the best examples.

Why Are Red Flags Trending?

One blog suggests the trend began among Black Twitter users, who were sharing it in the context of dating and what to look out for (and avoid) in future partners.

This snowballed and became a trend, with many more people sharing their red flags in dating, and in life, on the social media platform.

Then businesses got in on the act.

Pepsi and Twitter itself joined in on the trend, sharing their own post, which received almost 200,000 likes.

“I’ve never had a Pepsi in my life” 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩

— Pepsi (@pepsi) October 13, 2021

“I’m not on Twitter” 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩

— Twitter (@Twitter) October 12, 2021

While many discussed their general dislikes using the #redflag hashtag, others kept it to dating, sharing what they fear in a partner and would likely stop a relationship from continuing.

If you cant find none of this under the sink!🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩
#redflag pic.twitter.com/Gc2NX9ND3N

— Rodd (@1SonRodd) October 14, 2021

If he still wears these boxers #🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩 #redflag #RedFlagWarning pic.twitter.com/AjS4R9rkgF

— Nicole Harris (@NicoleH1224) October 14, 2021

But some have become frustrated by these red flag posts, joining in to try and stop others from sharing their pet peeves.

when they tweet the red flag 🚩 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩 pic.twitter.com/f5N3CiLA2w

— sac (@sacc1108_) October 14, 2021

Going through her red flag tweets pic.twitter.com/BHJQs7b3do

— Schrodingers_Brain (@bitchplss18) October 14, 2021

Y’all got any more of them red flag tweets??
🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩 pic.twitter.com/8efa8SuG6S

— ⓑⓔⓣⓣⓨ (@BettyB919) October 14, 2021

Some users even made fun of the idea itself, joking about actual red flags.

My kind of red flag 🚩🚩 pic.twitter.com/1hmWq6HpNT

— Satrio Rahardjo (@xathrya) October 14, 2021

my favorite red flag 😩🚩🚩🚩🚩 pic.twitter.com/sKsSUln9XT

— gi (@gigicabuhat) October 14, 2021

My red flag trait is that I've stolen the red flag and I will not be returning it 🚩 pic.twitter.com/ZxlRj3Uztf

— 🅂🄺🄰🄱 (@Kale_Juice) October 14, 2021

Most of the posts see multiple red flags following the comments, as well as videos and other memes attached to hit home the message.

Celebrities have also joined in, with Frank Ocean joking that he is, himself, a red flag, while Kehlani said people who like chicken tenders were her warning sign.

Make-up guru Jackie Aina added her two cents, saying those who call their exes 'crazy' should be avoided.

my ex is crazy 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩

— Naira Banks (@jackieaina) October 13, 2021

However, others have tried to put a positive spin on this, focusing more on the good things to look out for in people with the use of green flags.

Despite the lack of a green flag emoji, users have been sharing images or using the green tick emoji instead.

“i remember you said you liked this so i got it for you” pic.twitter.com/UQXOEGgR9h

— zaay 🖤 (@globalzaay) October 12, 2021

“Sundays are for F1” ✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅

(Rip no green flag emoji)

— breals 🏁 (@sophieebrearley) October 13, 2021

Twitter has seen a surge in many more users in recent weeks, after rival social media platforms like Facebook had tech issues which forced them to go down for hours.

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