In the past few weeks, Twitter has taken down more than 1,400 icons from its platform that feature the word “Twitter”.
In a letter to the editor published by The Verge, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo announced the ban on the icons that have been removed in the past five days, saying: “The use of our icons as a way of communicating or otherwise encouraging others to share content that is offensive or violates our policies has no place on Twitter.”
The Verge says that in addition to the icons, the company has also removed several other symbols, including the hashtags #blacklist, #blackmail, and #chicken.
“We’re committed to making Twitter the best place to find, share, and discover the most relevant and powerful content in the world,” Costolo said in a statement.
“We have taken the unprecedented step of removing more than 2,400 Twitter icons that contain a word, symbol, or other term that violates our Terms of Service.”
Twitter has already taken down many icons, including “chicken”, and “dodger”, as well as “football”, “president”, “hockey”, and a “bombshell” and “joke”.
The Verge notes that Twitter is now taking down more icons than ever before, in the wake of its controversial crackdown on political speech and other online activity.
The Verge has contacted Twitter for comment and will update this article if we receive a response.