Emojis Finding Their Way Into America's Court Rooms!

February 25, 2019

Emoji have quickly become a fun way to communicate with each other through posts and texts. However one group of people find them frustrating. Emoji are showing up as evidence in court more frequently with each passing year with approximately 30% containing emoji and emoticon references. As more conversations contain pictures instead of words, it leave a lot up to interpretation and that's a headache for those responsible for making life -altering decisions in the court room. So far, the emoji and emoticons have rarely been important enough to sway the direction of a case, but as they become more common, the ambiguity in how emoji are displayed and what we interpret emoji to mean could become a larger issue for courts to contend with. The different depictions of emoji across platforms also poses a problem in judicial rulings. For example, depending on what type of phone you’re using, the “gritting teeth” emoji might look a lot different. Not only are emoji designed differently across smartphone platforms, but people interpret the same emoji differently. An earlier design of the grinning emoji on iOS, for example, was interpreted as being far more negative than the same emoji displayed on other platforms. In fact a recent study found 20% of people reported that they would edit or not send a tweet after being shown how their emoji rendered across different platforms. That means millions of potentially regretful tweets could inevitably cause some lawsuits.

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SOURCE: The Verge

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