Although I have not
seen this in my practice, there was a recent article in CNN about whether
emoji’s can be looked at as a threat; such as can a knife emoji double as a
threat to kill someone. According to CNN’s
article the reported cases have been increasing significantly while still a
fairly low number there does not appear to be a lot of court guidelines in
terms of how to determine whether an emoji in question can be interpreted. They typically would be present in sexual
harassment cases or criminal cases; particularly with threats.
Again, according to a
CNN an article in 2017 a murder case in Massachusetts where a dizzy face emoji
with x’s for eyes was showing that the individual received and knew something
was happening and related to the murder case.
As a practical
matter people do want to be concerned about how emoji’s can be interpreted and
whether or not there can even be a potential criminal interpretations or simple
lawsuits based on the interpretation of the emoji.