Hong Kong leader swarmed by ‘angry’ emojis on Facebook

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Hong Kong’s beleaguered leader is nearly 100
times more unpopular than US presidential
hopeful Donald Trump, according to Facebook’s
new “angry-face” button that allows ‘netizens’
to voice their displeasure on the social network.
Chief executive Leung Chun-ying received
nearly 133,000 angry emojis on his Facebook
profile picture by Saturday, three days after a
raft of new emojis were introduced by the
social network. Trump’s picture, however, only
garnered 1,400 angry faces.
Meanwhile, UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s
Facebook profile picture earned around 40
angry faces, while US President Barack Obama’s
avatar received just 27.
Earlier this week, Facebook also introduced
“sad”, “wow” and “haha” emojis to compliment
its “like” button.
Facebook posts on Leung’s page, where public
viewers cannot leave a comment, also attracted
thousands of angry emojis.
The unpopular leader, who was often
caricatured as a vampire by protestors during
pro-democracy rallies in 2014, is seen by many
as out of touch with the city’s residents.
Locals in the southern Chinese city are also
discontent over soaring property prices and
lagging wages, which has taken a further toll on
the government’s popularity.
Street battles with police earlier this month in
the commercial district of Mong Kok left more
than 100 injured following an attempted
crackdown on hawkers in the area.
In December, Leung said his Facebook page
was hacked after reports said scantily-clad
women had appeared on his friends list.


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