Apple looking to add more diversity to emoji character set

By , Mar 26, 2014

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According to Apple’s VP of worldwide communications Katie Cotton, the company is looking to expand its emoji character set to include emojis that are non-caucasian. The spokeswoman recently provided a statement to MTV Act about the lack of diversity in the 400+ set.

In the statement, Cotton points out that there’s a universal lack of diversity in emojis, as the characters are based on the Unicode standard. But apparently Apple is working with the Unicode Consortium to update the standard by adding new, multicultural emoji characters…

Here’s Cotton’s statement to MTV Act (via The Verge):

“Tim forwarded your email to me. We agree with you. Our emoji characters are based on the Unicode standard, which is necessary for them to be displayed properly across many platforms. 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.”

Emoji, which literally means ‘picture+letter,’ originated in Japan in the late 90′s and have since spread across the world. In 2008, hundreds of the characters were encoded into the Unicode standard, making them available to the likes of Apple and other device manufacturers.

The issue surrounding the lack of non-caucasian faces in emoji sets has been brought up several times over the years, including in tweets by celebrities like Miley Cyrus and Tahj Mowry. The complaints have thus far fallen on deaf ears, but Apple’s involvement could change that.

The last time the company added new emoji to its mobile platform was in iOS 6.

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    • Frozen Bee .GFKS

      +10000

  • ConduciveMammal

    It may be simply because I’m Caucasian, but I think people need to stop being so over-sensitive about diversity in every damn area. It’s stupid to think this incessant whining has meant we can no longer sing “bah bah black sheep” and instead call it “rainbow sheep”.

    • Rowan09

      I’m African American and I don’t see the point. People really can’t sing bah bah black sheep anymore? What’s the reason?

      • ConduciveMammal

        Apparently because it’s racist. We also can’t name the black plush toys “Goliwogs” anymore, although that’s a little more understandable.
        Away from racism, we can’t call them “Brainstorms” for idea generation, now they’re called “mind maps” as it’s “offensive” to epileptic people

      • Rowan09

        This is just getting ridiculous if you ask me. Soon we won’t be able to speak.

      • ConduciveMammal

        I know, right? It’s utter madness! It’s political correctness on steroids.

        It comes with the whole gay thing too. “Haha your shoes are so gay”

        “*fabulous gasp* I find that offensive to my gayness” pffft people need to relocate their balls because it seems they’ve had them surgically removed. Resulting them turning into whiney little bitches.

      • Rowan09

        Couldn’t agree more.

      • All

        As a gay person, I understand why we get offended, because you’re saying that the shoes – in your example – are stupid. Gay is a synonym to homosexuality, not to stupidity

      • ChildishGambinoGotThatSwagger

        This is true. Rape victims will become “unwilling semen recipients”. I blame liberalism.

  • Chun-Li aka ThunderThighs

    People over sensitive about some damn emojis.

  • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    Add some chocolate to that diversity…

  • Jordan

    Thank god! But we only need two more… Lol

  • Rowan09

    Isn’t this guy

  • http://mezcudi.tumblr.com/ Mezcudi

    Ok it may not be a BIG DEAL, but look at it this way they have Lesbians and Gays but not African Americans doesn’t make sense does it.
    Now if it was the other way around as in there are African Americans, the gay community would have the same reaction on why they can’t be included. It’s a loop cycle my friend.

    • Jeremy

      The only ones the LGBT community would want added would probably be these two

    • Marcus

      There should be emoji’s that resemble African American people but there shouldn’t be one’s that resemble gay and lesbian couples.

      • Jeremy
  • http://www.youtube.com/user/PrsnSinghHD Prasoon Singh

    Woot

  • Andy

    “Diversity” usually means adding faces of African descent

    • digz

      im black but not apart of this request hahaha.

  • Frozen Bee .GFKS

    if they want to add african american emojis, what about asian emojis too? and what about nordic? and eskimos? and ginger? and people with albinism? and what about milion types of aliens??……people are too damn sensitive….make more facial expressions instead of stupid overthinking about races!

    • DeAndre Enrico

      The article says “non-caucasian.”

    • DeAndre Enrico

      Interesting that you, and others, automatically inject “African American” though.

  • on3simpleclick

    Please add the Australian Flag! We’re a freaking CONTINENT!..

  • digz

    Im black and i could care less lol this shit is ridiculous. then somebody is gonna have an issue with the color of a “black” emoji or its hairstyle smh. im fine with what we have.

  • Waleed

    Release

  • DeAndre Enrico

    LOL. Thread full of people being overly sensitive about their perception of society as overly sensitive.