Social media giants Facebook and Instagram have banned the use of eggplant and peach emojis on their platform in a suggestive manner depicting sexual activity.
Users of Facebook and Instagram are no longer permitted to post naughty fruits and vegetables like eggplant, aubergine or peach emoji or they could be removed from the sites, new guidelines state.
Suggestive emojis like aubergine and peach emojis as well as the water drip used alongside sexual statements have been banned, according to Facebook and Instagram new Community Standards.
Emojis can also no longer be used to censor nudity in photos.
Breaking the new policies can get an account flagged or removed.
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.”
According to the social media giants, the change is part of an update to Facebook’s Sexual Solicitation Community Standards, which are aimed at sex workers who use the platforms to sell their services.