Facebook and Instagram have instituted a new ban on the use of certain emojis as they are considered to be used in “sexually explicit” ways.
These include the eggplant, peach and water drop emojis because of the sexual connotations that can be made to them.
According to The Daily Dot, Facebook revised it’s Sexual Solicitation Community Standards between 7 September and 24 October. These guidelines now ban a user from sharing implicit or indirect offers of “sexual communication” which includes “sexually suggestive elements”, such as one of these three emojis.
“People use Facebook to discuss and draw attention to sexual violence and exploitation. We recognise the importance of and want to allow for this discussion,” Facebook explained to the Mirror, “We draw the line, however, when content facilitates, encourages or coordinates sexual encounters between adults.”
This means that users can still use these for their original purposes in a non-sexual manner. The ban also includes using emojis or other objects to cover explicit parts of a naked photograph.
The ultimate reason for this clampdown is to restrict sex workers from using the platform to promote their services.