WhatsApp Gets Legal Notice Over Offensive Middle Finger Emoji

A popular messaging app called WhatsApp gets a legal notice for its offensive “middle finger” emoji. In the legal notice, Delhi-based advocate Gurmeet Singh has asked the company to remove the objectionable emoji within 15 days.

The Advocate Gurmeet Singh said in Notice:

“Showing of the middle finder is not only offensive but a highly belligerent, invasive, obscene, lewd gesture.”

“As per the Indian Penal Code Sections 354 and 509, it is an offense to show obscene, lewd, offensive gestures to females. Use of a lewd, offensive, obscene gesture by anyone is hereby illegal also as aforesaid. As per section 6 of the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act, 1994 showing off the middle finger is also an offense in Ireland.”

“It is requested that the middle finger emoji or character or photo must be removed from WhatsApp within 15 days from the date of the present legal notice.”