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Should emojis be more inclusive?

Apple has increased the diversity of its emoji palette. After an update included representation for non-hetero couples in 2012, African-American icons were added in 2014. Later updates gave users more skin tones and gender representation. Some say the new designs are bringing race, gender, and religion where they don't belong—emojis are just silly cartoons anyhow. But with 92 percent of Internet consumers using them, others say emoji representation matters. What do you think?👼🏿👨‍❤️‍💋‍👨👩🏾‍🔬

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Supporters have applauded efforts to include gender options for single-parent families, female athletes, and women professionals in science and art. Next on the docket? Efforts to level out the largely male representation of sports emojis.

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Apple collaborated on a new set of disability-inclusive emojis with the American Council of the Blind, the Cerebral Palsy Foundation and the National Association of the Deaf. Why not represent everyone?

“The current selection of emoji provides a wide array of representations of people, activities, and objects meaningful to the general public, but very few speak to the life experiences of those with disabilities,” Apple states in its proposal. “At Apple, we believe that technology should be accessible to everyone and should provide an experience that serves individual needs. Adding emoji emblematic to users’ life experiences helps foster a diverse culture that is inclusive of disability.”
Currently, there is only one disability-related emoji — the “wheelchair symbol” — despite the fact that approximately 20 percent of the population lives with a disability. 
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Others are poking fun at the entire idea. These are silly little cartoons that teens send in texts. Maybe we should be working on exposing systemic racism or making equal pay for women mandatory. Is emoji equality something we really have time for?

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The vegan salad update had a lot of users laughing.

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Culture
Should emojis be more inclusive?
A festive crown for the winner
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#EnoughEmojis