Twitter launches mourning emoji to honour King Bhumibol

Twitter has launched a special emoji for the first time for people of Thailand and those around the world who wish to honour the anniversary of his death, and send their condolences as well as best wishes for the nation.

The company said in its statement that the emoji will be activated when users include the following hashtags in their Tweets: #คิดถึงพ่อ #เรารักในหลวง #ทรงพระเจริญ #KingRama9 #KingBhumibol.

The emoji will run from Oct 13 until Nov 1. 

In honour of the anniversary of King Bhumibol’s death, the last official month of mourning and his funeral, Twitter will also pause all advertising on the platform in Thailand for three days, from Oct 25-27.

“No words can describe the impact that King Bhumibol has had on Thailand,” said Kathleen Reen, Director of Public Policy and Philanthropy, Twitter Asia Pacific. 

“In remembrance of His Majesty, we hope this emoji will help unite Thai people and those who love Thailand all around the world as they mourn and commemorate King Bhumibol.”

Google has changed its logo on the search engine to black in remembrance of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

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