Facebook and Instagram have banned the use of ‘sexual emojis’ including the eggplant, peach and water drips.
The new guidelines state that the taboo emojis cannot be used to depict sexual activity and nude body parts can’t be covered up with the playful symbols.
However, the social media giants are being criticized for being overly concerned about the hidden meanings of emojis rather than the racism and propaganda that lurks on their sites.
But Kanye West should be thrilled to hear the news because, in recent comments, he said that social media makes men suffer ‘like Jesus’ as he accused the platforms of fueling sex addiction and tormenting married men.
‘I suffer – and I appreciate the suffering because we can just feel a little bit of what Jesus felt when we suffer, but social media makes me suffer,’ West said in the new interview on Beats1 on Apple Music.
‘I suffer from that and by me saying this out loud, I’m sure there’s other married men that suffer in a similar way that are happy to hear me say, ‘Oh ya, I’m suffering.”
The rapper, 42, took aim at women – like his wife Kim Kardashian West- who use the platforms to share racy snaps, suggesting these are images that they ‘wouldn’t have put out’ if the apps didn’t exist.
But now with Facebook and Instagram’s war on sexual emojis, West and other men like him will not have to worry about suggestive captions along with racy photos.
The reason three specific emojis are being targeted is because they are used to suggest sexual activities.
The eggplant emoji has been used to suggest a penis, a peach resembles buttocks and water drips are in reference to ejaculation.
They can still be used in captions, but not in a manner that suggests or asks for anything sexual.