Back in July, the community standards for Instagram and Facebook were updated to cut down on sexual expression on the social media platforms. As the new policy has taken effect, you now must be careful when using emojis such as the eggplant and peach. Specifically, pairing the two emojis together is deemed as “sexual solicitation” the New York Post reveals, which can result in a user’s account being flagged or removed altogether.
Facebook has not identified specific emojis that cannot be used or paired together, however. The Facebook Community Standards language instead cites “[commonly used] sexual emojis or emoji strings” qualifying as “suggestive elements.” Furthermore, Instagram told the NY Post, “[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. We aren’t taking action on simply the emojis.”
Additionally, both Instagram and Facebook no longer allow nude photos with emojis covering genitalia, or info leading to sensitive, adult-related material.