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Instagram Bans An Emoji For Being Too Sexy

We hope you’ve had your fun with the eggplant

We hope you've had your fun with the eggplant

Instagram giveth and Instagram taketh away. While you’ve always been able to search hashtag-able posts on the app, three days ago, Instagram introduced hashtag searching, with emojis! Now you can see how many other people are feeling frowny face. Instagram told Buzzfeed the top three most-used emojis were:
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That said, some emojis won’t be searchable with hashtags. One emoji, the seemingly harmless eggplant, has been ” ‘consistently associated’ with photos or videos that violate the social network’s community standards,” said a spokesperson for Instagram.

It’s a penis. People use it only for penises, said I, translating the markerting-speak for the spokesperson for Instagram.

But how now to describe a delicious eggplant parmesan sandwich? What about a fancy ricotta eggplant involtini? I make at least one of those a day. I guess I’ll just have to spell it out every time, THANKS INSTAGRAM

We had to see emoji hashtagging for ourselves, so we popped on to Instagram and lo and behold, it really works!

Since we’re FirstSlice, we knew what emoji hashtag we had to test out first

Since we're FirstSlice, we knew what emoji hashtag we had to test out first

Success!

Damn, people really like pizza, but it maxes out at three slices, then not many people can handle more.

Damn, people really like pizza, but it maxes out at three slices, then not many people can handle more.

Cool sunglasses face is even more popular. I know it’s always on my list of “recently used emojis,” for when I do big boy things like tie my own shoes.

Cool sunglasses face is even more popular. I know it's always on my list of "recently used emojis," for when I do big boy things like tie my own shoes.

All of these works, as do such unsavory searches as bloody syringe, gun, knife, bomb, poop, etc. AOL also did painstaking research and found that eggplant emoji combined with others stil works in hashtag searches.

All of these works, as do such unsavory searches as bloody syringe, gun, knife, bomb, poop, etc. <a href="http://www.aol.com/article/2015/04/29/instagram-blocks-the-eggplant-emoji-because-its-too-offensive/21177958/" target="_blank">AOL also did painstaking research</a> and found that eggplant emoji <em>combined </em>with others stil works in hashtag searches.

Also, if you’re still looking for something sexual, maybe it’s just time to switch to the still-searchable banana.

Also, if you're still looking for something sexual, maybe it's just time to switch to the still-searchable banana.