The new emoji features the African Union flag. According to the social media platform, it appears when using one of the following six hashtags in the official African Union languages:

According to Twitter, with more people using these hashtags, it will be easier than ever for users to find Tweets about '#AfricaDay' and join the conversation on Twitter.

"We're happy to partner with the African Union to launch this special emoji commemorating Africa Day," says Emmanuel Lubanzadio, head of public policy for sub-Saharan Africa, Twitter.

"Twitter is the place for communities to come together and follow global events. With this emoji, we want to help people celebrate African heritage and share their views on all that's happening across the continent, while making these conversations colourful and engaging," Lubanzadio concludes.

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