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Facebook and Instagram are now censoring emojis

Profiles will be flagged for using "commonly used sexual emojis"

  • Harrison Williams
  • 29 October 2019
Facebook and Instagram are now censoring emojis

Facebook and Instagram will now censor a number of emoji characters from their social media platforms, stating that they are "commonly used sexual emojis."

The new guidelines now mean that a profile can be flagged for posting content that “implicitly or indirectly” indicates sex messaging, nudity or sex in general. Emojis that come to mind regarding this particular type of content include the peach, eggplant and water droplets, among others.

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Instagram told the New York Post more about the specifics of this recent change: “[Content] will only 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.”

A Facebook spokesperson told XBIZ about the new set of rules and what this means moving forward: “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.”

Red the updated version of Facebook's Community Standards guidelines here.

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