Ομάδες αντιεμβολιαστών έχουν εφεύρει ένα κώδικα επικοινωνίας στο Facebook με emojies, για να αποφύγουν τα bans.
A strange news Bloomberg published yesterday, όπου ο δημοσιογράφος τους ισχυρίζεται ότι οι αντιεμβολιαστές στο Facebook χρησιμοποιούν emojis για να μιλήσουν με κώδικα και να συνεχίσουν να διαδίδουν τις ιδέες τους στα social media σχετικά με τον COVID-19.
Bloomberg reported that Facebook moderators failed to remove posts shared with anti-vaccine groups and pages that would normally be considered in violation of the company's terms because their chat was in code.
One such group that Bloomberg examined, called “Died Suddenly,” is a meeting place for anti-vaccinationists who supposedly mourn a loved one who died after getting a vaccine and report that they “ate the cake”!.
Although the owner of Facebook claims that "more than 27 million messages have been removed due to violation of the policy of disinformation about COVID-19", it seems that they are unable to understand coded conversations based on emojis.
So pages or groups risk removal if they violate Facebook's rules even if they "guide or encourage users to use code words to discuss vaccines or COVID-19 and try to avoid detection."
But since these groups exist and use emojis as code, it shows that Facebook either can't tell them apart, or that blocking code speech isn't currently a priority.
Last year, when the BBC discovered that anti-vaccine groups were using carrots to hide misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine, Meta immediately deleted any groups identified. However, the BBC reported that shortly afterwards, the same groups reappeared under different names, apparently to avoid detection.
Anti-vaccine activists aside, many other internet users have relied on emojis to create code speech and avoid detection, not only by moderators but also by law enforcement. After all, speaking in codes has always been a tool of those who wanted others not to understand them.
The US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) published a guide on its website with emojis used to buy drugs, including a chocolate bar for Xanax, a crown to denote a dealer or a rocket to denote a high.
This summer, the The Atlantic reported ότι οι διαδικτυακοί χρήστες βασίζονταν όλο και περισσότερο στα emoji για να κρύψουν τις συζητήσεις σχετικά με τις αμβλώσεις, καθώς η πρόσβαση για τις αμβλώσεις στις ΗΠΑ έγινε πιο περιορισμένη.