June 20th, 2016
Facebook Starts Rolling Out Diverse Emojis
With more than 1 billion people using it each day, Facebook is always looking for ways to make communicating easier on the platform. This month, the company started rolling out more than 70 new emoji characters which can be sent to friends via the Messenger app.
The emojis cover a wide range of topics, such as food, animals, nature and sports. Users will soon be able to send an avocado, donner kebab, medal or even a woman doing a cartwheel.
Facebook is trying to add diversity when it comes to gender, with the first female athlete, surfer, police officer and pedestrian emoji to be introduced on any platform. They also want to expand racial diversity, which is why users will have the option to change the skin tone of the characters.
In a blog post, they said; “Messenger is bringing over 1,500 newly designed Messenger emojis to the world. The new designs, gender-agnostic options and multi-coloured emojis will be available on many Android devices and web products for the first time.”
“We’re diversifying the genders to create a more balanced mix that’s more representative of our world. Now, using Messenger emojis, you’ll see a female police officer, runner, pedestrian, surfer and swimmer for the very first time, and we’ll keep rolling these out.”
“On all platforms, the Messenger composer will now include an emoji picker to help you select the perfect emoji. Tap the new emoji icon at the left of the composer to find just the right emoji. It’s now easier than ever to toggle in between the regular text keyboard and the emoji keyboard.”
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