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Facebook & Instagram Are Banning ‘Suggestive’ Emojis From Their Platforms
By Thanussha Priyah, 30 Oct 2019
Image via Apple
Facebook and Instagram are now taking down comments that include suggestive emojis such as the eggplant, peach and water droplets. According to Facebook’s new Community Standards, these emojis are “contextually specific and commonly used sexual emojis.”
The platforms will flag users requesting for or putting up content “implicitly or indirectly” linked to sex, nudity, or sexting. The company confirmed, though, that it will not be “taking action on simply the emojis.”
Internet users often use these emojis to reflect certain terms. For example, the peach emoji would imply a person’s behind, while the eggplant symbolizes male genitals.
Nudity, specifically, has been an ongoing pursuit in the art industry as many creatives have struggled to put up their works online without them being flagged. Instagram recently held a private discussion with members from the art industry regarding this subject matter, but it oddly also ended up with the censorship of one participating artist’s account.
[via Dazed, images via Apple]
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