Messaging app Telegram is accused of anti-Semitism after it has automatically presented the money bag emoji to users who have the word & # 39; Jew & # 39; have typed
- Desktop users saw a money bag symbol with the Star of David and the dollar sign
- The emoji was approved by an employee after a user suggested it for & # 39; Jew & # 39;
- According to a representative, it was a & # 39; mistake & # 39; from the system approver
- The symbols were apparently removed quickly after being reported
Popular Instant Messaging app Telegram has come under fire after allegedly the money bag and dollar sign emoji & # 39; s have been presented to users who use the word & # 39; Jew & # 39; have typed.
It has been called an anti-Semitic trope by the Jewish community and is said to have been caused by a & # 39; error & # 39; from a Telegram staff member.
An editor at the British newspaper The Jewish Chronicle called the episode & # 39; gobsmacking & # 39; and said the app & # 39; the process by which the emoji & # 39; s are chosen and approved & # 39; must view. & # 39;
The symbols and their connection with the term & # 39; Jew & # 39; had apparently been submitted by a user for sharing and was approved without the employee noticing the link. It went unnoticed until stunned users accidentally disappointed and reported it to Telegram. The glitch has now been corrected.
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A & # 39; mistake & # 39; of the popular Instant Messaging app from Telegram has resulted in the emoticon of the money and the dollar sign for the word & # 39; Jew & # 39; appears for some of its users (file photo)
Ynet, an Israeli news publication, first reported the problem.
It claimed that the desktop version of the Instant Messaging app showed a bag of silver and dollar signs as an emoji for when the Hebrew characters for the word & # 39; Jew & # 39; were introduced.
The emojis appeared alongside more traditional symbols for Judaism, such as a synagogue and the star of David.
According to the Israeli newspaper, a Telegram representative said the error occurred after a Telegram user submitted a proposal that the emoji & # 39; s would be used for the word & # 39; Jew & # 39 ;.
It then became & # 39; by accident & # 39; approved after a Telegram employee had not noticed the proposal and left it on the net, the representative said.
Ynet said the emoji & # 39; s were deleted shortly after they were reported. MailOnline has approached Telegram for comments.
With the free application, people can exchange messages, photos & videos and # 39; s in groups of up to 200,000 people. Reportedly, the anti-Semitic emoji problem said a & # 39; error & # 39;
In a speech to MailOnline, Orlando Radice, assistant editor at the Jewish Chronicle, said: “It is gobsmacking that this anti-Semitic trope – the most common of them all – seems to find its way to the Telegram desktop app.
WHAT IS THE TELEGRAM APP?
With the free application, people can exchange messages, photos & videos and # 39; s in groups of up to 200,000 people.
The app has proven incredibly popular.
Last March, Telegram announced 200 million people within the last 30 days.
& # 39; This is an insane number according to all standards, & # 39; said the company.
& # 39; If Telegram were a country, it would have been the sixth largest country in the world. & # 39;
& # 39; The company must carefully consider the process by which the emoji & # 39; s are selected and approved. & # 39;
Although it is not known exactly how the & # 39; trope & # 39; occurred, it may have happened through the app's open platform that allows users to create their own stickers and emoji's for wider use.
Anyone can submit a sticker that is used by all app users.
Telegram wrote about the policy on their website: & # 39; Telegram is aimed at people who want to create content.
& # 39; If you want your sticker to be visible to all Telegram users in the context menu corresponding to one of the emoji & # 39; s, you can send it via a chat with our Stickers bot. & # 39;
Telegram is considered one of the safest Instant Messaging apps and is especially popular with political activists for sending secure messages.
The app allows users to exchange multimedia data in groups of up to 200,000 people and also claim to offer end-to-end encrypted voice calls.
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