Instagram isn’t buying we bring purity to the app. I mean, an eggplant is just an eggplant, right? I know when you see the eggplant emoji, you are wondering what’s the new recipe?
It turns out, some people (everyone) sees the eggplant as something relating to male anatomy. Still confused?
People relate it to a penis. There you have it. Your last vestige of Internet innocence has been shattered.
Instagram recently updated to include a few new filters and searching via emojis. Normally, there’s a giant celebration of new filters, but wait… Emoji searches? You mean we can tag our naughty photos with emojis?
Some people started do that, and Instagram moved to block searches for the eggplant emoji. You can see for yourself. Open the app and search via hashtags. Using the eggplant emoji will bring up zero results.
Speaking to MTV News about blocking the emoji, the company explained it’s commonly associated with content that violates Instagram’s policies.
Instagram Hardens Policy Against Nudity
The eggplant block continues its push against nudity on the service. Earlier this month, Instagram updated its community guidelines banning photos, videos and digitally created content depicting sex, genitals and up-close pictures of bare butts.
This includes any artistic nude photos or content.
“We know that there are times when people might want to share nude images that are artistic or creative in nature,” the updated guidelines said. “But for a variety of reasons, we don’t allow nudity on Instagram.”
“We want Instagram to continue to be an authentic and safe place for inspiration and expression,” the service said.
Add the poor eggplant to the list. All you wanted to do was tag your latest paleo eggplant lasagna. Should we begin the ‘Free the Eggplant’ campaign for chefs everywhere?