"OBJ" in a Dashed Box Showing Up in Place of Text

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I've been seeing this a lot lately, particularly on Facebook. It's the letters OBJ enclosed in a dashed box, which I assume is a Unicode placeholder for an emoticon that can't be parsed. At first, I thought maybe it was a Chrome or Linux thing, but I'm seeing them on Chrome on Linux, Firefox on Linux, Chrome on Windows, and Chrome on Android. They just started appearing maybe a couple of weeks ago or so. Anyone know what's going on?
 
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Hmm, mysterious!


I don't know but it's Unicode U65532.

Someone on reddit says
It's a placeholder character (Unicode object replacement character (U65532)) that appears for an un-renderable character or object.
Probably whatever font you are using in your browser doesn't know how to display some other unicode character.
 
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Whatever font Chrome is using hasn't kept up with new emojis would be my guess.

FWIW, in Windows I force Chrome to use Cambria (serif), Calibri (sans-serif), and Consolas (fixed) and don't seem to have any problems.

 

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I changed my default fonts in Chrome, but I'm still seeing the placeholders in Facebook. My guess is that iOS has added new characters to its fonts, and they haven't propogated out to non-iOS systems yet. It's the only thing I can think of.
 

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they have released a flood of new emojis that my android phone can't read yet, so I guess it's that.
 
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Why does everyone use sea otters for their otter emoji? Sea otters are assholes.
 

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