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How the law responds when emoji are the weapon of choice

By Elizabeth Kirley, Senior Lecturer, Deakin University

A judge sent a New Zealand man to jail for threatening his ex-partner through the use of emoji in a message. from www.shutterstock.com

Nearly everyone is familiar with emoji, those popular icons that appear in text messages, emails and social media platforms. Emoji are often used as light-hearted adjuncts to text, or to soften the blow of a message.

Emoji can be viewed as overly simplistic in some contexts. For example, government officials were questioned when Foreign Minister Julie Bishop conducted an interview using just emoji, and described Russian President Vladmir Putin using an angry face


Originally published in The Conversation.