Facebook & Instgram ban ‘suggestive’ use of emojis đź’¦

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After banning all kinds of nudity in pictures and even talking about your sex life, Facebook and Instagram are not done yet. In their dystopian quest to rid the internet of any trace of sexuality they’re now going after the “suggestive use” of certain emojis like the peach and the aubergine…

The new rules are part of their new Community Standards which were implemented at some stage between 7 September and now, according to XBIZ. These absurd new rules were brought to public attention by BBC journalist Thomas Fabbri who covers issues relating to sex workers.

The new terms supposedly aim to prevent “sexual solicitation” on Facebook and Instagram. The guidelines mean that a person’s account can be flagged for “sexual solicitation” if they use the aubergine or peach emoji in a post with any kind of sexual context.

Under the new guidelines, users are warned not to either offer or ask for content that is “implicitly or indirectly” related to nude imagery, sex or sex chat. They are also banning “mentions or depictions of sexual activity” including drawings that is related to “sexual solicitation”.

They do not list what emojis are considered to have a sexual use – however, they are presumably referring to emojis such as the eggplant, the peach and drops of water, which are all typically used on social media in sexual contexts.