Instagram will now delete photos of users who reproduce the "OK" signal with their hands. As of Thursday (10), the app's denunciation menu lists among the "white supremacy movement gestures" removal criteria. The "OK" gesture was appropriated by the American white movement to indicate "white power" on the networks, and the popularization of the symbol made it join the list of anti-flame league (ADL) audio symbols in the United States. for monitoring hate crimes.
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In response, Instagram has adopted new rules to combat hate speech in the online environment with the post reporting tool, which can result in the deletion of offensive content and banning the user from the social network. Since the "OK" sign has a different original meaning, ADL recommends taking "special care not to jump to conclusions about the intention of someone who used the gesture," as in some cases it may have been used for the purpose of show approval or indicate that all is well.
Photos with 'OK' sign will be removed from Instagram Photo: Divulgao / Emojipedia
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In 2017, some users of the 4Chan forum maliciously reported that the OK sign was a symbol of the white supremacist power. According to the group, the gesture means that the three straight fingers form the letter "W" (of white, in Portuguese), while the closed thumb and forefinger refer to letter "P" (power, which translates as power). False news became popular among the far right, and the signal was used for insulting and offensive messages in the online environment.
'OK' emoji enters audio symbol list Photo: Publicity / Emojipedia
The white supremacy symbol has become popular on the Internet in recent months. In March, the head of the 51-person massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand made the "OK" gesture when presented to the court. Two months later, Facebook banned a Donald Trump voter for 30 days for signaling "OK" in a photo.
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