Cheddar looks at how sending the wrong emoji can get you sent to jail. We all use emojis in our day to day lives, often pinging smiley faces and a whole other range of miniature emoticons to our family and friends. But could emojis convince a court that someone is guilty of a crime?

 

The short answer is: yes. Over the last 15 years, emoticons and later emojis have been used in a number of court cases as evidence that a crime has been committed. Whether that be harassment, solicitation or even murder, emojis sent via text have been used as damning evidence in numerous trials.

Gif of judge with emoji

Often, we use emojis to spread feelings of happiness. But emojis can also be used to spread negative emotions too. Intimidation and threats can be conveyed by emojis relatively easily. But is using them to solve crimes fair? Cheddar finds out…

Emojis|Cheddar|Video Essay

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