Algospeak refers to code words or turns of phrase users have adopted in an effort to create a brand-safe lexicon that will avoid getting their posts removed or down-ranked by content moderation systems. For instance, in many online videos, it's common to say "unalive" rather than "dead," "SA" instead of "sexual assault," or "spicy eggplant" instead of "vibrator." [...]
Sex workers, who have long been censored by moderation systems, refer to themselves on TikTok as "accountants" and use the corn emoji as a substitute for the word "porn." [...] More recently, users on TikTok have started to say "cornucopia" rather than "homophobia," or say they're members of the "leg booty" community to signify that they're LGBTQ. [...] "You have to say 'saltines' when you're literally talking about crackers now," [...]
TikTok users now use the phrase "le dollar bean" instead of "lesbian" because it's the way TikTok's text-to-speech feature pronounces "Le$bian," a censored way of writing "lesbian" that users believe will evade content moderation.