Canadian Judge Rules Thumbs-Up Emoji Can Represent Contract Agreement

Leyland Cecco, the Guardian:

A Canadian judge has ruled that the “thumbs-up” emoji is just as valid as a signature, arguing that courts need to adapt to the “new reality” of how people communicate as he ordered a farmer to pay C$82,000 ($61,442) for an unfulfilled contract.


“This court readily acknowledges that a 👍 emoji is a non-traditional means to ‘sign’ a document but nevertheless under these circumstances this was a valid way to convey the two purposes of a ‘signature’,” he wrote.

Note to self: always respond to contracts delivered via text with “😶” to signify the requirement of a more formal response.