Facebook offered its users an aeroplane emoji to mark the anniversary of the terrorist events of September 11th, 2001.
It’s unknown if a human Facebook employee chooses the icon for remembering specific events on Facebook, or if it is chosen by an algorithm. Regardless, there’s something not right about using cartoonish emoji of the weapon that was used to kill 3,000 people.
The company uses other emojis to help users commemorate other events, like the American flag and a candle.
Google, by comparison, used a black ribbon.
Facebook eventually offered an update to ameliorate the sensitive situation, changing the emoji from a plane to a candle.