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Why does ‘freedom’ return the french fries 🍟 emoji? [Resolved]

In my emoji picker when I enter freedom I see some french fries.

macOS character/emoji picker showing search for ‘freedom’ returning french fries emoji

Why is that?

Practical example:

So if I want to write something like the following:

People of the world appreciate what you're given, go out there and enjoy your freedom

So emojifying the above quote is somewhat dangerous:

???? of the ??, appreciate what you're given, go out there and enjoy your ??.


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Asked August 13, 2019
Posted Under: Apple
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It doesn't (any more)

As of MacOS 10.14.4 (released Mar 25, 2019), "freedom fries" is no longer a search keyword for the ?? french fries emoji.

I checked before and after upgrading from MacOS 10.14.1 (released Oct 30, 2018) to confirm that this was a recent change.


The removal was plausibly a result of this Stack Exchange thread (posted Nov 2, 2018). I can't find anybody else on the internet drawing attention to this keyword until this question was posted. This question got over nine thousand views and was a Stack Exchange "Hot Network Question", and then I emailed Tim Cook for good measure.

“Freedom Fries” used in Apple’s emoji picker

Date: Fri, 2 Nov 2018 12:39:08 -0400
To: Tim Cook <tcook@apple.com>
From: Jeremy Banks

Hello Tim,

I just wanted to draw your attention to the fact that the phrase “freedom fries”, a potentially offensive and dated political meme, is one of the search terms used by Apple’s emoji picker. (It’s listed in the CharacterPicker.plist file.)

Please consider removing this keyword.

Thank you.

- An Apple User


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Answered August 13, 2019
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