“Apple announced a number of changes to their emoji set this week, including better representation of women, single-parent families, and a pride flag,” Jeremy Burge writes for Emojipedia. “Many of these additions were met with a mixed reaction, but none has generated more feedback than this: ‘🔫 Pistol emoji has changed from a realistic-looking gun in iOS 9.3 to a bright green toy water gun in the iOS 10 beta.'”

Feedback for the change of falls into broad categories:

😂 Ridicule “this is dumb”
💅 Disinterest “who cares, what’s the point”
👹 Snark “what’s next, the poo emoji?”
💩 Frustration “Political Correctness GONE MAD”
🤔 Concern “won’t this be confusing?”
😡 Anger “how DARE Apple take away our gun emoji”

Burge writes, “The real issue here is that emoji is bigger than Apple. Or to put it more succinctly, this is dangerous:”

Gun emoji danger

“If Apple goes ahead with this change in the public iOS 10 release, one person could innocently tweet a toy and have that be seen by others as a weapon,” Burge writes. “Apple: Don’t change the pistol emoji. At least not today. Hide it. Unicode does not depreciate emojis, but there is no requirement to show all approved emojis on the keyboard.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: As Burge notes, iOS 10 is still in beta, so it’s not too late for Apple to correct this issue.

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