The snake emoji is hissssssstory, folks.
At least as a weapon against Kim Kardashian. The reptilian icon has long been a part of her feud with Taylor Swift, but now Kim K is making absolutely sure no one can use the shady emoji to come for her.
According to findings from Buzzfeed, Kardashian has blocked any use of the snake emoji on her Instagram before Swift Season™ goes into full effect this fall.
This week, Swift has reclaimed the snake on social media after over a year of fans using it to express their displeasure with the singer and her public feuds with Calvin Harris, Katy Perry, and Kardashian.
Wait it’s legit National Snake Day?!?!?They have holidays for everybody, I mean everything these days! 🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) July 17, 2016
Kardashian even famously tweeted some shade Swift’s way last July with a tweet filled with snake emojis to celebrate National Snake Day. But now that Swift’s return to the spotlight is imminent with new single and album announcements, her fans have been hurling snakes back at Kardashian on Twitter.
Kim needs the taste of her own medicine. That trash thinks she is better than tay but she is wrong. Taylor is queen 👸and Kim is 🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍
— Shweta Baisla (@baisla_shweta) August 24, 2017
Kardashian’s Instagram post comments, on the other hand, have been full of your usual “LB” requests and most noticeably, a snake-free zone. But by testing it out himself, a Buzzfeed reporter found that comments with the emoji aren’t showing up—which suggests that the reality star has used Instagram’s feature that allows for folks to block comments featuring key words or emojis.
The settings were implemented on the social media platform in January of this year to limit offensive remarks and give the user more control, which comes in handy when you’ve got millions of stans constantly double-tapping and writing on your posts.
“We’re not here to curb free speech,” Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom told Wiredregarding the feature. “We’re not here to curb fun conversations between friends. But we are here to make sure we’re attacking the problem of bad comments on Instagram.”
Snakes included, apparently.