The sport bible is now reporting that the US has banned emoji that convey shock, sadness, or anger in a number of countries including Australia, the UK, Canada, and New Zealand.
According to The Sports Bible, the new rules, introduced by the US Department of Transportation, were implemented as part of the 2016-2017 season.
The official announcement was made on December 9.
In the UK the new regulation states that emoticons with an emoji of “sadness” or “angry” must not be used.
However, this does not apply to the emoji used by emoji fans and influencers who use emojis to convey happiness, such as when a player performs a highlight-reel.
Emotions such as sadness, anger, and disgust are considered unacceptable in sports, and emoji can be banned in certain countries.
This year in the US, players were allowed to use emoticons to convey a range of emotions, such the “sickening” and “frightening” emoji.
In Australia, however, a player could not use emotes to convey disgust, sadness or anger.
The emoji ban in Australia is not the first.
In January, the United Kingdom banned emoticons such as “scream”, “screwdriver”, “shout”, and “screech” that convey “fear, disgust, or shock”.
The UK had previously banned emotes such as the “happy” and the “laughing” emoticons that had been used by players in the past.
In Canada, players have also been banned from using emoticons of sadness, shock and anger.
Emoticons like “happy”, “happy,” and “laugh” are prohibited in Canada.
In fact, emoticons like “laugh”, “laugh,” and the emoji “jawdrop” are banned in Canada as well.
A spokesperson for the UK Sport and Recreation Commission told The Sports Book: “We are aware of the United States ban on emoticons and we are reviewing the UK ban.”
The emoji banning is not a new development.
The US Department for Transport announced a ban in 2015 on emoticon use during sporting events.
The announcement stated that emoticon emojines that contain “happy or happy vibes” could be considered “disruptive”, and would be prohibited in certain sports.