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Twitter launches emoji ‘Milk Tea Alliance’ as the movement evolves

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By Patpicha Tanakasempipat

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Social media giant Twitter on Thursday launched emojis for the Milk Tea Alliance, a global pro-democracy movement online, uniting anti-North campaigners Kinh in Hong Kong and Taiwan with protesters in Thailand, Myanmar and beyond.

Activists applaud the announcement of the emoji – a white mug placed on a three-color background representing different shades of milk tea in Thailand, Hong Kong and Taiwan – for the first anniversary of the movement.

The Milk Tea Coalition erupted from a war on Twitter that flared up after Chinese nationalists accused a young Thai actor and his girlfriend of supporting democracy in Hong Kong and Taiwan. independence.

It is named after the common passion for sweet tea drinks in three places.

Use of hashtags culminated in February following a military coup in Myanmar, where demonstrators using this hashtag rallied support in the region.

“We have seen over 11 million #MilkTeaAlliance Tweets in the past year,” Twitter said in an announcement that pushed the hashtag to become the top trends in Thailand, Hong Kong and Taiwan Loan on Thursday.

Previously, Twitter launched emojis for #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter movements.

Renowned Thai activist Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal, one of the coalition’s top voices, said the Twitter emoji showed global recognition and added credibility to the youth movement.

“The important thing is it shows young democracy activists that the world is with them and they are making an impact,” Netiwit told Reuters. “It’s a sign that online activity could go even further.”

James Buchanan, a lecturer at the Mahidol International University of Bangkok, said Twitter was blocked in China and that the apparent endorsement of a movement with strong opposition to Beijing was unlikely to influence operations. business activity.

“Twitter has a lot to appeal to young people in Asian markets that are opening to them,” he said.

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