Facebook considers the use of some expressive emojis to be hate speech, including the poop emoji, leaked internal documents reveal.
The document, called “How to action on Emojis,” shows a table of how some emojis can be used in a “violating manner” but also clarifies that Facebook employees should “use additional context” to determine if the emoji is being used in that way. Motherboard, a news series published by Vice, obtained the document and published it in an article on Thursday.
Among the notable entries of what Facebook might consider “hate speech” include the: poop, frog, stop sign, green water gun, and national flags emojis.
Facebook isn’t the first company to alter or label emojis. A Google employee tweeted out examples of how Google emojis are becoming “more inclusive.” (RELATED: Google Is Solving Discrimination Through Inclusive Emojis)
Among the examples of Google’s so-called more inclusive emojis include a salad emoji that was updated to remove the egg in the salad, thereby making the salad emoji more inclusive for vegans.
“We’re slowly giving some our emojis more love. Our goat is no longer so angry. The turtle really needed a hug. And we gave the Grinning Face With One Large and One Small Eye some anti-anxiety meds,” Jennifer Daniel an emoji designer at Google said in tweet.
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