Hong Kong Politics & Protest

Disenfranchised Hongkongers flood CY Leung’s Facebook page with new ‘angry’ emoji

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has amassed 54,000 angry  “?” emojis on Facebook within hours of publishing a post, as Hongkongers took full advantage of the social network’s new “reaction” features to express their discontent.

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Photo: Screen cap, via CY Leung Facebook.

Leung uploaded photos of himself attending a Lunar New Year banquet organised by the Employers’ Federation of Hong Kong at 2:22pm on Friday.

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Photo: Screen cap, via CY Leung Facebook.

By 11:10pm, Hong Kong’s embattled leader had collected 1,300″likes” and 54,000 angry “?” faces.

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Emoji tally for CY Leung on his first post since the emoji reactions were introduced. Photo: HKFP.

Previously, only positive comments from Leung’s Facebook friends appeared on the page – most regular users were only able to “like” and “unlike” posts. However, a panel of new “reactions” was enabled for Hong Kong users on Friday, allowing followers to respond with “love”, “haha”, “wow”, “sad” and “angry” emoji.

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Like, love, haha, wow, sad and angry. Photo: Screen cap, via Facebook.

Users are still able to use Facebook’s trademark “like” button, but now have five alternatives. The panel appears when users hover over to the “like” button on desktop computers, or hold down the same button on a mobile device.

Leung’s rumoured rival in the next Chief Executive election, Finance Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah, had received no angry emojis at the time of writing.

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Disenfranchised Hongkongers flood CY Leung's Facebook page with new 'angry' emoji