Some Twitter users are expressing major disbelief — after discovering the social network no longer allows them to upload animated GIFs as their personal avatars.
Previously, users had been forced to use workarounds to post animated avatars because of Twitter’s profile photo policy. Those tactics appear to have stopped working.
Illustrator Chris Torres, who introduced Nyan Cat to the masses in 2011 and now has a Twitter account with an animated avatar of the meme (see below), experimented unsuccessfully Thursday after hearing the news.
“Oh wow, I just tried to upload an animated avatar on an unused alt account and it didn’t animate,” Torres told Mashable. “That’s scary! But it’s also cool knowing we’re part of an exclusive animated GIF club.”
People with existing animated avatars won’t be affected by the GIF freeze-out, according to Twitter’s Help Center, which details the company’s policy against animated avatars:
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