Emojis in Evidence and Testimonies

Because most people are sick and tired of dealing with the abundant amount of snow in Massachusetts, I wanted to post a non-snow related topic today.

Earlier, NPR released a three minute piece about the use of emojis and emoticons in evidence and witness testimonies in court.  Check out the broadcast and transcript here.  Attorneys argue that emoticons are “part of the evidence of a document” as described in this New York Times article about testimony in the Silk Road trial.  Courts in California and New York are recognizing these symbols as part of the conversation culture.  Emoticon meanings in trials is shifting away from the literal meaning of words and towards a more holistic and slang interpretation of a phrase with emojis.

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