A leaked document shows which emoji Facebook associates with site violations

  • Internal images from Facebook show how the company decides which emoji could be associated with prohibited speech on the website.
  • The categories of emoji include “Bullying, Mocking,” “Sexualized text,” and “Regulated goods,” among others.
  • Moderators are told to consider the context of emoji usage on the website.

A leaked internal document obtained by Motherboard gives insight into how Facebook decides which emoji are being used as hate speech, to signify explicit content, or to solicit sex work.

While the moderators are told that “context is key,” and the emoji themselves don’t indicate prohibited speech, some of the examples may be surprising.

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Emoji Facebook apparently views as potentially indicating hate speech include a rainbow flag, various animals, and a fist. Emoji that could be related to “sexualized text” include a tongue, an eggplant, a peach, and a hot dog.

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