Twitter turns Canadian military hashtag into flag of Central African Republic
A tweet from @CanadianArmy that generated the Central African Republic flag with the hashtag #CAF on Thursday, August 4, 2016.
The Canadian Armed Forces’ social media teams have been told to limit their use of the hashtag #CAF during the Rio Games, after Twitter began automatically turning the three letters into an emoji of the Central African Republic flag.
The Department of National Defence told CTV News it has “engaged Twitter to see if a short-term solution is possible.”
Twitter says it launched the flag emojis ahead of the Olympics, as a way for “fans across the globe can share their passion for their favourite teams.”
There are 207 emoji three-letter codes, including one for the Refugee Olympic Team (#ROT).