Student activist group Scholarism founder Joshua Wong has been criticised by some netizens for being “childish” after he asked fans to flood Chief Executive Leung Chung-ying’s Facebook page with the new angry “?” emojis.

“U can dislike his policy and governant [sic] but no need to encourage people to attack him personally,” one commenter said on Wong’s Facebook page.

Photo: Joshua Wong, Facebook, Wikicommons, edited.

“As leaders of political movements, I hope that you can be more mature in mind, words and deeds. You are influencing a lot of the young generation. A lot of people are following you,” said another netizen.

Another commenter said that encouraging such behaviour amounts to “incitement”.

Joshua Wong’s step-by-step tutorial teaching people how to give CY Leung angry faces. Photo: Joshua Wong, via Facebook.

However, some were in support of his angry emoji movement against Hong Kong’s embattled leader: “[I] hope it gets to 100,000 [angry emojis] quickly! Will Guinness [World Records] give him a prize?” pondered one netizen.

There needs to be a disgust button for his pic,” said another.

CY Leung rakes in angry emojis

Chief Executive CY Leung made international headlines after amassing 54,000 angry emojis within hours of publishing a post on Facebook on Friday. His profile picture had garnered 176,000 “?” faces by Monday afternoon.

Photo: CY Leung, via Facebook on February 29, 4:29pm.

Previously, only positive comments from Leung’s Facebook friends appeared on the page – most regular users were only able to “like” and “unlike” posts. However, a panel of new “reactions” was enabled for Hong Kong users on last Friday, allowing followers to respond with “love”, “haha”, “wow”, “sad” and “angry” emoji.

Hermina Wong

Hermina is a Hong Kong writer and journalist. She graduated with a degree in politics from Cambridge, and is interested in international affairs, particularly those related to China, the EU and the Middle East. She also enjoys political satire.