Indonesia gets a major angry face emoji this week after telling Facebook and Whatsap that they should remove all gay and lesbian themed emojis.
While homosexuality is not illegal in the predominately Muslin nation, Indonesia’s Information ministry spokesman Ismail Cawidu says that social media platforms should be respectful of local values.
“No social media may show items that smack of LGBT,” Cawidu said. “Because we have our own rules, like religious values and norms, which they must respect.”
It is believed that popular messaging service Line has already removed all queer themed emojis from their app for Indonesian users.
The call to remove the emojis follows a similar attempt by Russia to ban LGBT emojis in 2015. A Moscow court, however, ruled that the emojis did not violate Russia’s anti-gay propaganda laws.