Instagram just announced that you can hashtag and search by emoji. Great! Cool! It turns out people have already been doing this, so there’s photos for every emoji, even the super boring ones.
LITERALLY, WHO USES THE GRAPH EMOJI??????????? Plenty of people, apparently.
But if you search for the eggplant (the universal emoji for penis)…. NO TAGS FOUND.
Instagram blocks certain hashtags that have graphic or harmful content, like #porn or pro-anorexia terms like #thinspo. This doesn't mean there isn't content on Instagram with those tags, but they purposely block them from search.
It appears that Instagram is smart enough to know that eggplant = penis in emoji-speak (you can't search for #penis either).
Even when people are definitely using it! We tested it out and this won’t come up in search: