• Alysa Salzberg

How emojis can be used against you in courtrooms around the world

If your text messages and online comments are peppered with emojis, be careful! A recent article explores how countries around the world have increasingly been allowing the fun little symbols to be used as evidence in court.


It may seem silly, but it does make sense; other symbols can have a threatening, mocking, or hateful meaning or connotation, so why not emojis?


For instance, in a 2016 court case in France, a man was charged with threatening his ex-girlfriend based on messages he’d sent her that included the gun emoji.


Even when emojis have a positive connotation, they could be used against you if things take an unexpected turn. For instance, a few civil court cases in the United States have interpreted emojis like the fist bump, thumbs up, and handshake as signs that the sender had made a formal agreement.


Read on to learn more about how emojis have been interpreted and used as evidence in courtrooms around the world.


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