Emoji to Gain Expanded Racial Diversity With Skin Tone Modifier Option in Mid-2015

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    The Unicode Consortium has released a technical report (via Emojipedia) detailing a new method for handling the representation of multi-ethnic groups in emoji. Previous guidelines have stated that emoji people be "as neutral as possible regarding race, ethnicity, and gender". Unless the emoji calls out specific gender or racial cues, then a "generic (inhuman) appearance, such as a yellow/orange color or a silhouette" should be used in its place.

    A forthcoming update, Unicode 8.0, plans to change all of that. It proposes to introduce a skin-tone modifier which could be added to certain emoji, allowing users to send any emotion using any skin tone. Plans even reach as far as to allow emoji couples to feature individually different skin tones. Planned for release in the middle of next year, Unicode 8.0's skin tone and racial diversity proposals are only proposed drafts at the current stage.

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    Although the wide acceptance of new emoji is rather slow-going (no major platforms yet support Unicode 7.0 emoji released earlier this year), Apple has shown previous interest in updating the diversity in its emoji lineup. Earlier in the year, Apple's then-vice president of worldwide corporate communications, Katie Cotton, spoke to vocalized support in working with the Unicode Consortium and updating its emoji character offerings.
    The most recent major change to emoji on Apple platforms was for iOS 6, when the company expanded native support beyond Japan and made the feature accessible to all users without the use of a third-party app.

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    Did MacRumors.com get hacked or is this seriously a thing?!
     
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    I don't care about Emojis being yellow and I'm not Chinese...

    Then again, doesn't hurt to add it I guess, so whatever.

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    Major waste of time. Too much PC crap these days. Stick with yellow smileys. They are race-neutral. (and gender neutral too)
     
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    Can't wait until I can have a purple monkey, or a white pile of poo. Or an albino smiley.
     
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    Finally!

    An end to all the pro-Mr. Happy racism Apple has been touting to no end.

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    This is one of the dumbest things I've ever read.
     
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    Lol ... I didn't know there were yellow people ... Smh
     
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    Why not just stick to generic ones? Aren’t smileys meant to convey a certain emotion? When does the skin tone matter? I think this may have the opposite effect, namely abuse instead of actual use. I also think that it takes away a bit of the playful innocence of emojis and turns them into political statements.
     
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    The quicker the comments are.

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    So much of what we do on our computer is "stupid", "ridiculous" and a "giant waste of time."

    It's interesting that you feel that offering customers a more inclusive experience meets that definition.

    I think it's a beautiful thing.
     
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    a welcome addition, even if I'm 100% fine without them.
     
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    I guess those yellow emoticons finally felt the pressure of all of us non-yellow people wanting ourselves to be seen as well! :eek::rolleyes:
     
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    Excuse me, but obviously this will take at least 24 months for a 20 man strong designer team to create, resources you and I have to pay for with our new devices the next time around!!!

    /s

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    'bout time. As a white guy I was extremely insulted at having to use only yellow Emoji. It causes me much pain and distress. My lawyers say they are continuing to work hard to get me just compensation.
     
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    Right.

    Better those resources be put to enhance my porn and gaming experiences ... you know, something really important.
     

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