Using "rel=me" is a fine thing.
But as many people use similar icons (custom emojis) in their account name, it is some kind of misleading because it can not be dstinuished from the "real" verified icon put there when using "rel=me".
Moreover, the emojis behind an account name are obstacles for those followers using a screen reader as screen readers alsoways read everything, every single emoji, every time.
I think using emojis in the account name is not necessary.
i think it'd be very difficult to confuse them for one another
you make a good point about screen readers! although, it seems like a pretty obvious improvement that can and should be made to screen reader software? things like "how to pronounce this user's display name, including whether to speak out the emojos at the end" should be user-customisable if they aren't already
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