After the War on Memes, the War on Emojis seems to be upon us. Leading the charge for now is Facebook, and the BBC.
The latter has been flagging Facebook groups that use the carrot emoji as “code” to represent the word “(Covid) vaccine,” in the context of posting testimonies about alleged harm from these vaccines. And the emoji is apparently used in a bid to avoid widespread censorship of the topic on the giant platform.
Facebook has responded, the BBC suggests, by removing several groups with hundreds of thousands of members after the media outlet reported them. But, the BBC is still on the case and is reporting that “the groups have since re-appeared in our searches.”