Facebook and Instagram are set to ban emoji such as the aubergine and peach.
The two fruits, once harmless and viewed in a simply nutritious manner, have since become, thanks to text-speak, visual synonyms for well… do I have to say? What does an aubergine look like?
I can, however, confirm that the peach is used as a compliment for bums.
Anyway, they’re getting rid of them! For being “sexual.” Can you believe that?
The change is part of an update to Facebook’s Sexual Solicitation Community Standards, which are aimed at sex workers who use the sites to promote their services.
Facebook explained: “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.
“We draw the line, however, when content facilitates, encourages or coordinates sexual encounters between adults.
“We also restrict sexually explicit language that may lead to solicitation because some audiences within our global community may be sensitive to this type of content and it may impede the ability for people to connect with their friends and the broader community.”
The social media community, who employ the use of these emojis on the regular, couldn’t keep quiet about the ban.
One user joked: “Facebook and Instagram ban [aubergine emoji and peach emoji] so now you can’t insinuate antioxidant foods in your posts.”
One user pointed out that there are several potential emoji that carry sexual connotations that haven’t been banned.
He wrote: “Sexual use of the eggplant & peach emojis are now banned on Facebook & Instagram.
“This is actually gr8 news for the banana, carrot, hotdog, taco, & donut emoji to finally make their debut. You know how long these guys have been waiting in the wings for their time to shine?”