“Apple said it is working to bring more racial diversity to its popular set of cartoon icons known as emoji,” Salvador Rodriguez reports for The Los Angeles Times.
“The Cupertino, Calif., tech company hopes to update its emoji icons so they are inclusive of more people, Apple said in a response to an email sent from MTV that was sent to Chief Executive Tim Cook,” Rodriguez reports. “‘There needs to be more diversity in the emoji character set, and we have been working closely with the Unicode Consortium in an effort to update the standard,’ said Katie Cotton, Apple’s vice president of worldwide corporate communications, according to MTV.”
“Because Unicode is in the hands of a consortium and not solely in Apple’s control, the company can’t simply issue an update,” Rodriguez reports. “Instead, the Unicode Consortium must first accept any changes to the Unicode standard.”
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