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A 12-year-old girl is facing criminal charges for using emoji ๐Ÿ”ซ๐Ÿ”ช. Sheโ€™s not alone.

You understand words in a particular way,โ€ said Dalia Topelson Ritvo, assistant director of the Cyber Law clinic at Harvard Law School. โ€œItโ€™s challenging with symbols and images to unravel that.โ€

A grand jury in New York City recently had to decide whether ๐Ÿ‘ฎ ๐Ÿ”ซ represented a true threat to police officers. A Michigan judge was asked to interpret the meaning of a face with a tongue sticking out: :P. Emoji even took a turn in the Supreme Court last year in a high-profile case over what constitutes a threat.๐Ÿ”ซ๐Ÿ”ช-sheโ€™s-not-alone/ar-BBq5vqo


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To me, there's no good context for putting emoji weapons in a communication.

let's go to the gun range?ย  I'm out knife shopping?

Those don't seem like things a person would want to say in emoji. Too open to ambiguity.

"It's time to pull the trigger on our project!"

I'm certain that can be worded better.ย 

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