Do you like emoji’s? Definitely your answer will be a “Yes” if you are a social media user. They are a fun way to express feelings and our thoughts. We all communicate using them with texts, and sometimes alone. Every year Unicode Consortium releases a new set of emojis. However, it looks like some emojis are not being used as intended.
A report released by “Xbiz” an American publisher of business news and business information for the sex industry states that, Facebook and Instagram recently updated their ‘Community Standards’ which reportedly has new guidelines. It has been mentioned that users Instagram account flagged or even removed for using eggplant (brinjal) or a peach emoji in reference to nude pictures or any other sexual-related inferences. These emojis have a porn ‘problem’ as per Facebook and Instagram. As per a report in an American pay television business news channel ‘Fox business’: “Pairing an eggplant or peach emoji now qualifies as sexual solicitation.” The new terms also state that any mention of porn being available or any linking to pages that offer adult content will also get user accounts flagged.
The report further states that Facebook updated its Community Standards this July with an amendment in August. Facebook spokesperson said, “Nothing [has] changed in terms of the policy itself or how we enforce it, we simply updated the language to make it clearer for our community. We often make updates to our Community Standards,” said the firm. “We publish these changes on our Community Standards site so our community is aware,” spokesperson added responding to XBIZ.
An Instagram spokesperson responded “Post, Content will be removed from Facebook and Instagram if it contains a sexual emoji alongside an implicit or indirect ask for nude imagery, sex or sexual partners, or sex chat conversations.” “We aren’t taking action on simply the emojis.”
Emojipedia mentioned that, Apple’s recent IOS 13.2 update brings as many as 398 new emojis. While some are brand new, others are updates to the existing ones. The list includes emojis to represent people with disabilities, gender-neutral emojis and more. Many of these emojis were showcased earlier this year during World Emoji Day and were available in IOS beta versions as well. This also makes Apple the first vendor to implement the recommendations of Emoji 12.1 under a month since it was first announced, as per the blog post.