Social media users raised concerns this week after Twitter temporarily used an inaccurate emoji for its Kwanzaa hashtag.
The initial emoji appeared to show the Kinara with an inaccurate number of candles, as well as inaccurate colors.
Wait. The #Kwanzaa is wrong.— (@CharleneCac) December 26, 2019
There are seven principles.
The core principles of #Kwanzaa (Also yes the Twitter emoji is wrong)— Caesar August (@tobar_acosta) December 26, 2019
1. Umoja: Unity
2. Kujichagulia: Self-determination
3. Ujima: Collective work and responsibility
4. Ujamaa: Cooperative economics
5. Nia: Purpose
6. Kuumba: Creativity
7. Imani: Faith
Kwanzaa began Dec. 26 and takes place over seven days. The traditional Kwanzaa candelabra is called the Kinara and includes seven candles. Each candle represents one of the seven principles that's celebrated for the holiday, and each is placed in a symbolic color order to represent the Pan-African flag.
The initial emoji showed five candles, including one that is blue. The actual Kinara has three red candles on the left, a black candle in the center, and three green candles on the right side.
Following complaints, Twitter updated the emoji.
In a statement to The Hill, Twitter said the emoji was "an error" and was quickly corrected with changes appearing globally within hours of the updated emoji being uploaded.
Twitter did correctly tweet about the principles on their accounts amid the emoji mixup.
#HappyKwanzaa— Twitter Blackbirds (@Blackbirds) December 26, 2019
This is a time of honoring African Americans' ancestral roots. Today (#Umoja) is all about striving for and maintaining unity in the family, community, nation and race.
Day 1 is followed by:
Today is the beginning of Kwanzaa! The first day is Umojia which means unity. Each day focuses on a different principle as each candle burns on the kinara:— Twitter Together (@TwitterTogether) December 26, 2019
Collective Work and Responsibility
Despite some criticism, the emoji was also widely celebrated.
#kwanzaa got an emoji— Dominique Oshún (@DominiqueOshun) December 25, 2016
The real issue is that I want this kinara emoji on my phone all year! #Kwanzaa— TheStoneThatTheBuilderRefused (@TakiyahNAmin) December 27, 2019
There's a #Kwanzaa emoji!!!!— A Fat Lady Sketch TL (@FeministaJones) December 25, 2016
Updated 7:22 p.m.