Apple is set to update their world-recognised Emoji list to replace the ‘🔫’ revolver gun emoji with a green plastic water pistol.
The newest move, set to be released on the official public launch of IOS10, is as a result of growing concerns over firearm violence in America and worldwide. This announcement comes following the shooting of 49 LGBTQ+ members in an Orlando gay club, the massacre of police officers in Baton Rouge, and many more global events.
Amongst the changes, a rainbow flag is to be released in support of the LGBTQ+ community, along side more ‘gender career’ options, such as women emojis in ‘stereotypical’ masculine roles like police and other workers.
Altogether, Apple is set to make 100+ changes and implementations to the popular emoji list in a push for equality and inclusion, whilst also removing issues relating to key world issues such as gun crime.
In a statement, Apple said “This exciting update brings more gender options to existing characters, including new female athletes and professionals, adds beautiful redesigns of popular emoji, a new rainbow flag and more family options.”
Apple also said it had worked tightly with the ‘Unicode Consortium’ that handles the emoji standard, to “ensure that popular emoji characters reflect the diversity of people everywhere”.
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-Benjamin John Wareing