You may be seeing red flags all over your social media feeds today, but in this case, those emojis are typically not meant as a literal warning of impending danger.
At the beach, a red flag means strong currents that can cause significant injury or death. Or in social settings, a "red flag" means any interaction with the person or object in question should end immediately.
But once again, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok users have turned a common expression into a meme.
Now, the red flag meme you're seeing on your screens is being used to convey what some people determine to be conversation deal-breakers. Users are sharing quotes — some real and others not — that they deem to be a warning sign of possible problematic behaviors or beliefs, and then following those quotes with several red flag emojis.
For the most part, these memes are being shared with humor on social media, like when one user points out that liking pineapple on pizza is a red flag for them.
The trend has spread to companies’ brand accounts as well, including Dr. Pepper pointing out that places that don’t have their popular soda are a “red flag” for them.
Here are some more examples of today’s 🚩🚩🚩 trend:
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“I like pineapple on my pizza.”
— Shaykh Azhar Nasser (@ShaykhAzhar) October 13, 2021
“Dasani water isn’t that bad.” 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩
— NUFF (@nuffsaidny) October 13, 2021
“Sorry I was sleep all day” 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩
— HOBBS (@YeahHobbs) October 13, 2021
When you hear them say soccer instead of football 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩
— Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) October 13, 2021
Naturally, the meme has gained such rapid popularity that sports teams, businesses and celebrities have joined in on the conversation, pointing out people who don't like their products are people to stay away from.
"i've never had a hot pocket" 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩
— Hot Pockets (@hotpockets) October 13, 2021
“I don’t keep up with the Kardashians.” 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩
— E! News (@enews) October 13, 2021
"I'm not a Crocs person"🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩
— It's Croctober! (@Crocs) October 13, 2021
"No we don't have Dr Pepper" 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩
— Dr Pepper (@drpepper) October 13, 2021
"Texas BBQ is just ok." 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) October 13, 2021
“I don’t keep up with pop music” 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩
— MTV (@MTV) October 13, 2021
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Red flag meme takes over Tik Tok, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram