Microsoft and Facebook have announced that they will turn the pistol emoji from a realistic-looking pistol into a water pistol. Google made the same decision yesterday, all after the lead Apple set two years ago …
Apple swapped the 2016 pistol emoji for a water pistol in iOS 10 proposal to add a rifle character [SamsungandTwitterbothfollowedtheexampleofAppleearlierthisyearandGoogle'sdecisionyesterdayleftFacebookandMicrosoftastheonlyremainingmajortechholdoutsBut Business Insider reports that that will change.
Facebook plans to deliver a new image for the weapon emoji more in line with the Apple, Samsung and Android images, a Facebook spokesman told Business Insider. The change is made in the interests of consistency to avoid confusion, but the company plans to bring consistency across various tech brands as a discussion topic with the Unicode Consortium, the organization that oversees Emoji, the spokesman said.  Microsoft says it "is in the process of evolving our emojis to reflect our values and the feedback we've received." The company tweeted a preview of his new water gun emoji as a "preview".
The urge to change a character that is sometimes used as a threat became more and more intense as more companies made the switch, and someone on a water gun-powered device could send an innocent teasing message that was falsely aggressive could not be held on a device that indicates it as a real weapon.
"Only after Apple had gone with their water gun design We have begun to observe other vendors," Emojipedia founder Jeremy Burge told Business Insider. "Apple clearly has he went on.
Microsoft's switch is a bit ironic as the company started with a toy gun before it became a real one in 2016. Apple has done the opposite.
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