Apple Takes A Stand Against Rifle Emoji
TORONTO – A new rifle emoji was set to be released later this month but big companies Google, Facebook, and Microsoft with Apple at the forefront are saying no. The rifle’s creation was originally in reference to winter sports and the Olympics.
Although originally intended for conversations surrounding things like hunting, a heightened sensitivity towards guns and the language (pictorial or verbal) surrounding these weapons is on the rise.
Vote Passed To Remove Emoji
A unanimous vote was passed by the Unicode Consortium for the removal of the emoji.
Apple’s influence on the vote is undeniable, as the company is one of Unicode’s largest members. Millions of Apple users use emojis so it is easy to see why Apple carries such a strong influence. In fact, the emoji rifle had already began the encoding process for release in June. It wasn’t until after this approval of the emoji that Apple spoke up. Although other businesses followed suit, Apple is credited with initiating the conversation.
Emojis have become a worldwide form of expression, in some ways a pictorial language. The influence that Apple and other large companies have on shaping this form of expression should be noted. Big Tech has become monumentally influential on the way the modern world is able to communicate.
CIO.com released an article showing some very interesting responses from the public. While some consumers showed support for Apple, others did not. In fact, some responders have ridiculed Apple and find the banning of the rifle emoji ridiculous and unnecessary. There have been many sarcastic remarks from commentators about removing other emojis like the bomb and knife emojis or the angry-faced emoji. While others commented that emojis were irrelevant to actual items in the physical world. In general, the commentators remarks seemed to be mostly about creating an opposing stance in response to Apple’s decision.