I should have done it long ago but I just disabled "verified" custom emojis from showing up on this instance.
The reasoning is I do not want new users to be misled. Even though it is inteded as a joke in most cases, it could potentially be feeding the influencer culture of Twitter and other mainstream social media, and I do not want any of that to be a thing.
oh, the mastodex thing got a site, that's why so much people started following me these days
here's the link: https://funkeh.gitlab.io/mastodex