Apple Wants Emojis to Be More Racially Diverse

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Apple Wants Emojis to Be More Racially Diverse

Apple executives say they are working to make the Emoji character set on iPhones more racially diverse.

Published March 26, 2014

Apple executives say Emojis will soon represent people of all races. The company is working on creating a more racially diverse character set for iPhones. 

Anyone that uses the characters to text or tweet would notice that out of 400-plus emojis, there lacks a range of color. Apple's Katie Cotton, vice president of worldwide corporate communications, agrees that they need an upgrade, according to MTV Think Act. 

"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,” Cotton told MTV Think Act

There was no clear date set on when the emojis would be available nor were there details on what the update would entail. When it does come out, those looking for equal representation in emojis will hopefully, finally have their wishes answered. 

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