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These People Are Protesting Their Leader Using Facebook's New Angry Emoticon

We may now have the world's first victim of death by emoji.

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It seems like no matter what he posts, the most he can get is the "angry" reaction face:


So why is he being flooded with negative emoticons? A couple of reasons:

Leung blocks Facebook comments on his page, leaving no room for the internet to express their thoughts. It was only "like" or zero. So the new feature released a flood of pent-up emotion.

He's also not a popular figure in Hong Kong right now —  his resignation is among one of the loudest demands of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protestors.

How disliked is he? Hong Kong internet users compared the angry faces his current profile photo has to important political figures such as Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Angela Merkel, and David Cameron. Turns out that Leung beats them all out 👑.

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Almost 30,000 angry faces, almost triple what Trump got.

The angry faces don't quite objectively represent each person's popularity, but it could well wind up as a new protesting initiative for the people of Hong Kong: an angry emoji revolution?

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Beimeng Fu is a BuzzFeed News World Reporter covering China and is based in New York.

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