Sunday, November 3, 2019

Supposedly Sexually Suggestive Emojis

Social media giants Facebook and Instagram are busy pruning their emoji garden – the idea being to limit the use of emojis that are too sexually suggestive. They want to crack down on sexual solicitation on the platforms, they say. 

The guidelines were first brought to light by XBIZ, which reported that Facebook revised their Sexual Solicitation Community Standards between September 07 and October 24, according to The Daily Dot. 

The emojis, which are widely known to represent a penis (eggplant), bum (peach), and ejaculation (water drip), will still be allowed in captions – but can no longer be used in a manner that suggests anything sexual. 

I think this is really silly, if not twisted stupid. 

Anyway, other emojis, I’m sure, will be more than happy to come in as replacements. At least, it's their turn now to hog the limelight! 

Therefore, the ill-conceived ban has opened up new opportunities for the banana, cucumber, carrot, hotdog, taco and donut emojis to finally make their debut, LOLl!

Methinks, Facebook and Instagram shouldn’t be overly concerned about the hidden meanings of emojis. I would rather they filter and detect the racism and fake news that lurks on their sites. 

The Scottish League Cup semi-final between Celtic and Hibernian on Saturday was a predictable affair with the former securing a successful 5-2 outcome. 

In the seventeenth minute, Mohamed Elyounoussi’s header from a James Forrest cross from six yards out produced the first goal. Four minutes later, the second followed when Odsonne Edouard gambolled onto a Kris Ajer ball, shimmied into the box and nudged inside for Callum McGregor to finish from close range. 

On thirty-six minutes, Hibs grabbed an equaliser against the run of play. 

Eight minutes on, Edouard once again came to the rescue to provide the third  this time unselfishly setting up Elyounoussi to force in for a 3-1. 

Scott Brown earned Celtic their fourth in the fifty-sixth minute – from a fumble by the Hibs goalie – before Hibs sub Florian Kamberi responded with a lovely glancing header within two minutes. 

And the fifth came when the Hibs keeper who did great to deny Brown’s first attempt – only for the ball to fall back to the latter who then slotted into an empty net in the ninetieth minute.

Celtic will now meet Rangers or Hearts in the final in December.

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