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Search on Instagram for “Dog” on the surface of China’s Takeaway Box

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Searches for the word ‘dog’ on Instagram’s story feature are showing emojis for Chinese-American takeaway food-related takeaways, prompting concerns that the app is bolstering. racial prejudices.

An Instagram employee noticed the issue over the weekend, according to a post on an internal Facebook message board, while users of the popular photo-sharing app have been complaining about the issue since. 2019. Instagram is owned and operated by Facebook.

“How do emojis be suggested in this and can we remove this so that this doesn’t prolong the Asian racial stereotype?” wrote for the employee, who works as Instagram’s product integrity program manager. “I tested this with my 3 family members and it shows them up.”

In tests on Apple devices, BuzzFeed News showed Chinese-American food containers in “dog” searches while trying to place emojis or GIFs at the top of a story, a ephemeral images or videos are attached to profile for the 24 hour stage = Stage. The takeout box is one of seven possible emoji search results for the word, along with emojis for real dogs, paw prints, and a hot dog.

Results cannot be repeated on Android devices with Instagram. Story features on Twitter, Snapchat, and the Facebook app don’t have emojis that are searchable or show racist results.

A Facebook representative told BuzzFeed News the company is investigating the matter.

A Facebook spokesperson said: “We have removed the emoji that did not appear in this search and are investigating what led to this so we can take steps to prevent it from happening. Again”.

After the story was published, Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, say on Twitter that the emoji in the takeout is associated with the phrase “doggy bag”, causing the icon to appear when searching for “dog”.

“Since then, we have removed that search term and we apologize for it being misinterpreted and to anyone we offended,” he said.

The problem has existed for at least 2019. In October of that year, one tweeted that they were searching for “cute little dog gifs on Instagram” but came across a takeaway box.

“Why am I looking for the dog on @instagram and Chinese food comes out ???” another woman tweeted in early 2020.

Jennifer 8 Lee, vice president of the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee, which helps with the approval of new emojis, said the fault was Instagram’s fault. Although emojis are associated with certain keywords, there is no basis in unicode, the standard for consistent word processing across devices, to associate “dog” with the symbol. feeling that people are worried about.

“” Dog “is not a keyword for” takeout box “in unicode,” wrote Lee, who also wrote The Fortune Cookie Chronicles, a book about Americanized Chinese food. “It must be happening at that platform level and damn it someone.”

Lee says the link between the dog and the emoji for the carry-on box – which is, in fact an American invention – repeat racist caricatures that appeared when Chinese workers arrived in the United States in the 1800s. When immigrants came to build American railroads, food became a staple. factor that differs from “we versus them” stories from Chinese workers is described as “strangers on our shores eating dogs, cats and rats”.

Lee added that while some Asian countries have places that serve dog meat, she notes that white Americans sometimes also eat atypical animals like crocodiles. “I can say that an ordinary Chinese person never eats dog meat in their entire lifetime, the same way that a normal American doesn’t eat dog meat in their lifetime,” she said.

This is not the first time a Facebook product has been subject to cultural insensitivity allegations. In 2018, after a deadly earthquake in Indonesia, people in the country tried to notify friends and family that they were safe or offer condolences on the platform. Festive balloons displayed After the foundation did not understand that the Indonesian word meant “to survive” also meant “to celebrate.”

This year, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Instagram mislabeled false information about coronavirus on stories show a screenshot of an commemorative tweet from the King’s daughter, Bernice King, unrelated to the pandemic.

“Our system mistakenly labeled this Tweet’s screenshot as misinformation about the vaccine,” an Instagram spokesperson said. said at that time. “We have currently removed incorrect labels on these posts.”


February 8, 2021, at 21:49 pm

This story was updated with a comment from Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram.



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