The Russian government are not known for being the most tolerant of people, but even they probably weren’t expected to find something wrong with emjois.
Not all emojis are offensive, just the ones that depict anything that could be construed as gay according to Roskomnadzor, who are the government agency responsible for keeping on top of (and by that we mean censoring) Russian media.
Deputy head of Roskomnadzor, Maxim Ksenzov Mikhael Marchenko, even went as far as to write a letter to the Young Guard of United Russia, asking for their members to investigate their use of emojis.
Apparently, there is a worry that they cause ‘harm to their health and development’, and promote ‘the spread on social media of untraditional sexual relations among minors’.
Back in 2012, Russia created a blacklist of websites that were deemed detrimental to Russian interests and a massive 180 websites were blocked. Memes have also been banned, and it seems that emojis are next.