Today is International Emoji Day, and to mark the occasion, Instagram and Twitter have shared some new emoji usage insights, which could help to get you thinking about your emoji use.
Because let’s face it, you use emojis. Virtually everyone now uses emoji response in some way, with emoji usage rising every year.
Instagram has chosen to focus on sports with its Emoji Day insights, with the most popular sports emojis in the app based on usage in different regions.
Note that soccer actually comes out above all of these, and I would also suggest that the visual nature of the app also plays a part in which emojis are most used in each region.
I mean, I live in Australia, and I can tell you that surfing is not the most popular sport in the region.
Over on Twitter, the Twitter Business handle has shared its own display of its most used emojis.
Today is one of the most important social media holidays… #WorldEmojiDay ????
To celebrate, we wanted to share with you our most used emojis of 2022!
Share with us your 3 most used emojis ???? pic.twitter.com/3gx04VXNcx
— Twitter Business (@TwitterBusiness) July 17, 2022
It’s interesting to consider which emojis are your own most used, and what that says about your presence. Though Twitter also has the advantage of being able to extract this data into a word cloud, which is not easy without API access – but you likely know which are your most used emojis via your own process.
In general, however, the most used emojis within tweets are the ‘crying’, ‘laughing while crying’ and ‘concerned’ faces.
Those trends shifted over the last year or so, with the pandemic causing a change in general sentiment. But in most cases, these are the most commonly used emoji characters.
Though if you want more specific perspective:
That’s a lot to take in, but you can find more region-specific notes and insight here.
And finally, adding a little more emoji usage insight, Emojipedia has also awarded its 2022 World Emoji Awards:
- Most Popular New Emoji – Awarded to an emoji approved in 2020, the ‘Heart on Fire’ emoji came out on top
- Most Anticipated Emoji – Users are apparently most looking forward to the ‘melting face’ emoji more than any other
- Most 2021 Emoji – The syringe emoji was voted the most representative visual of 2021
- Lifetime Achievement – The most used emoji, old or new, is the ‘Loudly Crying Face’, which, as per above, is also very popular on Twitter
It’s interesting to note the most used emojis, and how consistently they’ve appeared in such lists.
Either way, the bottom line is that emoji usage continues to rise, and if you haven’t considered using emoji in your social posts and content, these guides and notes may provide some perspective on just how you could consider going about it – and why you should.
Fresh fears after Facebook’s role in US abortion case
Facebook’s role in an abortion prosecution has raised fresh worries from advocates – Copyright AFP/File Javed TANVEER
Facebook sparked outrage by complying with US police probing an abortion case, boosting simmering fears the platform will be a tool for clamping down on the procedure.
Criticism built after media reports revealed the social networking giant had turned over messages key to a mother being criminally charged with an abortion for her daughter.
Advocates had warned of exactly this kind of thing after America’s top court revoked the national right to abortion in late June, as big tech companies hold a trove of data on users locations and behavior.
Jessica Burgess, 41, was accused of helping her 17-year-old daughter to terminate a pregnancy in the midwestern US state of Nebraska.
She faces five charges — including one under a 2010 law which only allows abortion up to 20 weeks after fertilization.
The daughter faces three charges, including one of concealing or abandoning a corpse.
Yet Facebook owner Meta defended itself Tuesday by noting the Nebraska court order “didn’t mention abortion at all”, and came before the Supreme Court’s highly divisive decision in June to overturn Roe v Wade, the case which conferred right to abortion in the United States.
“That sentence would seem to imply that *if* the search warrants mentioned abortion, there would be a different result. But of course that’s not true,” tweeted Logan Koepke, who researches on how technology impacts issues like criminal justice.
When queried about handing over the data, the Silicon Valley giant pointed AFP to its policy of complying with government requests when “the law requires us to do so.”
Nebraska’s restrictions were adopted years before Roe was overturned. Some 16 states have outright bans or limits in the early weeks of pregnancy in their jurisdictions.
– ‘Can’t release encrypted chats’ –
For tech world watchers, the Nebraska case surely won’t be the last.
“This is going to keep happening to companies that have vast amounts of data about people across the country and around the world,” said Alexandra Givens, CEO of the non-profit Center for Democracy & Technology.
She went on to note that if companies receive a duly-issued legal request, under a valid law, there are strong incentives for them to want to comply with that request.
“The companies at a minimum have to make sure that they’re insisting on a full legal process, that warrants are specific and not a fishing expedition, searches are very narrowly construed and that they notify users so that users can try to push back,” Givens added.
Meta did not provide AFP the Nebraska court’s order. The police filing asked the judge to order the company not to tell Burgess’s daughter about the search warrant for her Facebook messages.
“I have reason to believe that notifying the subscriber or customer of the issuance of this search warrant may result in the destruction of or tampering with evidence,” police detective Ben McBride wrote.
He told the court he began investigating “concerns” in late April that Burgess’s daughter had given birth prematurely to a “stillborn child”, which they allegedly buried together.
Advocates noted that apart from not using Meta’s products, one sure way to keep users’ communications out of government hands would be for them to be automatically encrypted.
Meta-owned WhatsApp has end-to-end encryption, which means the company does not have access to the information, but that level of privacy protection is not the default setting on Facebook messenger.
“The company has never said it would not comply with a request from law enforcement in a situation related to abortions,” said Caitlin Seeley George, a campaign director at advocacy group Fight for the Future.
“If users could rely on encrypted messaging, Meta wouldn’t even be in a position where they could share conversations,” she added.
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