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Facebook started turning emoticons used in comments on status updates graphical:

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How do I turn off this behaviour? Preferably inside Facebook, but otherwise with a user-side script or user-side stylesheet? I'm using Firefox (version 11 at work, 15 at home).

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I only see them on the comments; not the status updates. – Fuhrmanator Oct 16 '12 at 3:34

The solution involves setting some Custom CSS in FB Purity, go here for the full method:

How to hide facebook smileys / emoticons with FB Purity. Full list of codes.

Update N.B The latest version of the FB Purity browser extension now has a built in option to turn off the graphical emoticons, so the Custom CSS is no longer required.

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