I am using macOS 13 (Ventura). Preface to this is I am not a big fan of the use of emojis on SE sites, but this seems like a bug to me.

Please look at this Super User question. Note that in an area where the original poster added more details, such as their two clumsy cats causing a hard drive failure, they use these Emojis: 🐈🐈‍⬛

When I load that page in Firefox (108.0.1 - 64-bit), it looks like this:

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But when I load it in Safari (16.2 - 18614. it looks like this; note how the second cat is the plain orange/white emoji cat followed by a black box:

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I can see the black cat and orange/white cat fine when I visit Emojipedia. Just not on Super User with Safari.

Is this a known issue with combined UTF-8 emojis? Checking these characters out with an online UTF-8 character inspector shows no obvious issues to my eyes; then again I don’t code or manage the way SE sites handle UTF-8 charaters so hey!

Screenshot below of the two cats being rendered properly in Safari (16.2 - 18614. with the text area of the UTF-8 character inspector mentioned above.

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And here is a screenshot of those two cats if I click on “Disable Styles” from the “Develop” menu in Safari; they render 100% fine!

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And here is me hacking the DOM to wrap the cat emoji in this span with inline CSS styles that forces the use of the “Apple Color Emoji” font family:

<span style="font-family: Apple Color Emoji;">🐈🐈‍⬛</span>

And lo and behold, it renders cleanly when I do this! See screenshot below.

But of course this is not a final solution since not everyone is using macOS systems. But it at least proves there might be a typeface issue in play here.

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    Well that looks more like a problem with Safari not handling the way the black cat is represented using 3 unicode code points rather than a Stack Exchange problem. It looks like it hasn't dealt with the U+200d "zero width joiner" properly.
    – greg-449
    Dec 25, 2022 at 9:42
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    I see the same black rectangle in Chrome latest, PC, Windows 10. So it's not Safari, it's something more basic, maybe some fancy font missing. Dec 26, 2022 at 9:43


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