Facebook just announced that it will implement new racially diverse emojis. The social platform wants to make everybody comfortable when using the animations, so they listened to the objections that the users had and decided to make things right.
Up until now, ethnic minorities were complaining about the fact that most of the emojis that Facebook Messenger provided were constructed with a single skin tone in mind. The “like” emoji was available only with a white skin shade, and almost all of the human animations were also created to depict average white individuals.
In order to make all users more comfortable with using the emojis when communicating with their friends and family, Facebook announced yesterday that it will introduce a new array of racially diverse emojis.
The wider offer includes a “like” emoji that features five different skin tones, from black, to yellow, to white. There are also more women-oriented animations that can be used in the Instant Message feature of the social media platform.
However, the changes don’t stop here. It seems that previous discussions regarding the fact that users saw different variations of the emojis on various tech platforms were also taken into consideration by the social network.
Now, with the modifications, Facebook managed to create a way for users to send and receive the same animation, no matter if it was sent from Android to iOS or Windows to Blackberry. This means that we can see goodbye to awkward emojis that don’t make sense in the context of the conversion, and people will be able to personify their feelings without fearing that the receiver will get a “confused” emoji instead of a “happy” one.
“Messenger is addressing emoji woes by rolling out a new set of standardized emojis so you can be sure you’re sending the right message. No matter what emoji you pick, it will now look the same for all Messenger users, regardless if the recipient is on Android, iOS or another platform.”
Moreover, the women emojis that the social platform is preparing to launch are designed to avoid the usual stereotypes. This being said, female users will be able to share the animated versions of a tango dancer, a woman surfing, two women in love, and the “We Can Do It” feminist symbol.
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