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COVID-19: Twitter unveils new emoji in gratitude to frontline workers

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Social networking company, Twitter has unveiled a new emoji showing two hands forming a heart. The emoji which will appear whenever the user types “#gratitude” or “#thankful” or any other variation of the hashtags.

According to People.com, the new emoji was created due to the increase in the number of people using the words “grateful” or “thankful for” on Twitter.

The social media site noticed the increase in number of the word thankfulness in early March, as the coronavirus spread throughout the United States.

The usage of the praying hands emoji went up 50 percent, and also the use of clapping hands went up 10 percent.

On Tuesday, the social networking company sent out a post asking, “Who do we see people expressing that gratitude for? The most common word is ‘everyone’.”

“Everyone who is an essential worker. Everyone who has helped. Everyone in healthcare. Everyone who has reached out. Everyone.”

It’s not the first time Twitter has rallied support for frontline workers. You will recall that in March, the company encouraged users to tweet the clapping hand emoji on World Health Day to show support for healthcare workers.

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