Facebook and Instagram have a censorship problem, especially when it comes to content that’s remotely sexually. While this isn’t anything new, Facebook (which owns Instagram) has taken their sex-negativity to a new level, this time, banning posts that use “commonly sexual emojis,” which we can only assume includes eggplant, peach, the water drips, and maybe a few more.
Adult industry news website XBIZ broke the news, stating that Facebook updated their Community Standards this past summer. Nevertheless, the final amendments weren’t implemented until a few weeks ago.
The new rules come from section 16 of Community Standards, under “Sexual Solicitation.” In the introduction to the new criteria, Facebook notes that they draw the line “When content facilitates, encourages or coordinates sexual encounters between adults.”
There are two new criteria added to this section. The first is titled “Offer or Ask.” It reads,
“Content implicitly or indirectly* (typically through providing a method of contact) offers or asks for: Nude imagery, or Sex or sexual partners, or Sex chat conversations.”
According to these new rules, promoting or simply linking to one’s Onlyfans page breaks community standards.
Criteria 2 discusses “suggestive elements.” This is where Facebook mentions the use of emojis:
This would mean using the peach emoji in your caption is enough to have your post removed, and repeated violations can land your account being deactivated. So too, would it be against standards to cover your genitals in a photo using the eggplant emoji.
With Tumblr pornography dead, and Facebook cracking down on even “indirect” sexual innuendo, we may all have to turn to Twitter to get our sexy content fixes.
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