A leaked document shows which emojis Facebook associates with site violations

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A leaked document shows which emojis Facebook associates with site violations

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  • Internal images from Facebook show how the company decides which emojis could be associated with prohibited speech on the website.
  • The categories of emojis 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 emojis 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 emojis themselves don't indicate prohibited speech, some of the examples are surprising.

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Emojis that could indicate hate speech include a rainbow flag, various animal emojis, and a fist. Emojis that could be related to "sexualized text" include a tongue, an eggplant, a peach and a hot dog.

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