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Student activist Joshua Wong criticised for urging fans to flood CY Leung’s page with angry emojis

Student activist group Scholarism founder Joshua Wong has been criticised by some netizens for being “childish” after he asked fans to flood Chief Executive Leung Chung-ying’s Facebook page with the new angry “?” emojis.

“U can dislike his policy and governant [sic] but no need to encourage people to attack him personally,” one commenter said on Wong’s Facebook page.

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Photo: Joshua Wong, Facebook, Wikicommons, edited.

“As leaders of political movements, I hope that you can be more mature in mind, words and deeds. You are influencing a lot of the young generation. A lot of people are following you,” said another netizen.

Another commenter said that encouraging such behaviour amounts to “incitement”.

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Joshua Wong’s step-by-step tutorial teaching people how to give CY Leung angry faces. Photo: Joshua Wong, via Facebook.

However, some were in support of his angry emoji movement against Hong Kong’s embattled leader: “[I] hope it gets to 100,000 [angry emojis] quickly! Will Guinness [World Records] give him a prize?” pondered one netizen.

There needs to be a disgust button for his pic,” said another.

CY Leung rakes in angry emojis

Chief Executive CY Leung made international headlines after amassing 54,000 angry emojis within hours of publishing a post on Facebook on Friday. His profile picture had garnered 176,000 “?” faces by Monday afternoon.

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Photo: CY Leung, via Facebook on February 29, 4:29pm.

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 last Friday, allowing followers to respond with “love”, “haha”, “wow”, “sad” and “angry” emoji.

Student activist Joshua Wong criticised for urging fans to flood CY Leung's page with angry emojis