Social media is prosecuting a sexually charged war on veggies and fruits.
In July, Facebook and Instagram have silently updated the Facebook Community Standards language regarding the legal sexual expression on social media platforms, which also covers Instagram.
Under the updated laws, which were enacted officially in September 2019, paired a peach or eggplant emoji with any articulation of what Out.com considers “being horny” now qualified as “Sexual Solicitation”. It can also get a user account removed or flagged, said sources.
Journalist Thomas Fabbri was under the research of a piece on social media bans when he came to know about the updated language and notified XBIZ.
The Facebook Community Standards language is quite wide, however, not naming the emojis specifically but citing “commonly used sexual emojis or emoji strings” as the main criteria that qualify as “Suggestive Elements.”
Instagram told sources, “(Content) will only be removed from Facebook and Instagram if it contains a sexual emoji alongside an implicit or indirect ask for nude imagery, sex or sexual partners, or sex chat conversations.”
It continued, “We aren’t taking action on simply the emojis.”
Nude pictures where emojis cover butts, genitalia, or female nipples are now not allowed formally, as are any links or information leading to adult material or pornography.
Pornstars are often targeted by the new standards of language.
Adult Actress Kendra James told XBIZ that she was once banned from Instagram on the grounds of solicitation “after I told a man who DM’d me demanding free nude pics that this was my job and he could join my site.”
However, it pointed out the new regulations that are wider and could even be applied to the scene in “Austin Powers”, where Mike Myers asked, “Do I make you horny?”
The one clear quirk to the near-blanket forbid on the sexual statement is using social media platforms “to discuss and draw attention to sexual violence and exploitation.”
XBIZ said that Facebook spokesman “declined to answer any of our questions,” but uttered the same lines, “We often make updates to our Community Standards. We publish these changes on our Community Standards site so our community is aware.”