Google finally gives in and swaps its gun emoji for a squirt gun

Google finally gives in and swaps its gun emoji for a squirt gun
In 2016, Apple removed its gun emoji and replaced it with a bright green water gun, perhaps knowing that its actions will quite possibly lead to a broader change in the whole industry. Indeed, recently Twitter exchanged its gun emoji for a water gun, and now Google is joining the crowd. And it won't be the last, as Facebook says that a toy squirt gun will replace the gun emoji on the company-owned apps, which include Facebook and WhatsApp. Meanwhile, Microsoft seems to be a rare company going in the opposite direction – around the time Apple switched to a water gun, good old MS funnily decided to swap out its laser-gun toy emoji with a more realistic-looking revolver.

What is interesting is that back in 2016, when Apple and Microsoft removed their gun emojis, Google refused to follow suit. Back then, Google's aptly named product manager Agustin Fonts said that it wanted "to be as compatible with other systems as possible." The company's art director, Rachael Been, said at the time, "We believe in the cross-platform communication so we are maintaining our gun."

But what neither of the two Googlers could have anticipated was the last straw on the camel's back, which occurred this past Valentine's Day with the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. While gun control remains a hot button topic, it appears that most tech giants-Google now included-would rather play it safe and promote a gun that squirts water instead of one that shoots bullets.

source: Emojipedia



1. RevolutionA

Posts: 399; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Huh. Everyone's copying and learning from Apple.

8. ijuanp03

Posts: 630; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Huh? Facebook still has its old gun. Get your eyes checked.

14. kartik.07

Posts: 73; Member since: May 04, 2015

Read the article again. They have cearly mentioned this- “Facebook says that a toy squirt gun will replace the gun emoji on company-owned apps”. And everyone copies everyone which is not always bad.

2. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Lame foofy crap!

3. iPnos

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 19, 2017

According to the picture and your own linked article, in 2016 Microsoft didn't replace a revolver with a laser toy gun, but the exact opposite.

4. purpleespritee1

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 13, 2017

Lol before even reading the article I was like wtf Microsoft has gone backwards

9. Ray.S

Posts: 460; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

Apologies for the confusion. We've corrected the article with more accurate information.

5. TheDorkLord

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 14, 2014

What a load...

7. AVVA1

Posts: 228; Member since: Aug 01, 2017

Hey man your logo brought me back to memory lane I miss Sony Ericson.

6. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

This is just painful to watch. What a bunch of brainless snow

12. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Then it's lucky the biggest, most brainless snowflake is in the White House.

16. applesnapple93

Posts: 329; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

lol you mad you had to get a job when bernie lost the primary?

10. cmdacos

Posts: 4302; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Water pistols can kill too...

11. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

First world problems.


Posts: 202; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

Political correctness will be the undoing of modern society, that's for sure...

15. wabajak13

Posts: 57; Member since: Jan 02, 2018

I absolutely despise guns and think they have no place in a modern society, but this is really unsettling. You can't sterilize language and communication just because you don't like something. Guns exist and you can't just sweep it under the rug and not confront it. Not trying to start a political argument on here, just sharing my reaction.

22. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

Would you still be saying guns have no place in modern society if someone armed with a melee weapon or knife broke into your home?

17. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

Things like this is why I've never used social media. It's clearly meant for & highly influenced by females and gay dudes.

18. JasontheVeteran

Posts: 51; Member since: Jun 05, 2017

Good. I am glad that companies are standing up against the proliferation of guns in American culture. The gun nuts in America are more beholden to an archaic idea about guns. In the 1770s there was no police force, only local militias needed to protect the citizens and fledgling Democracy. The 2nd doesn't apply to every Tom, Dick or Harriet in America. The 2nd has been prostituted by the right as a political tool to threaten Americans and their way of life. Guns have no place in society except for tools of war and death. Other nations have banned guns and they are just fine and safe! Anyone who isn't in the military or a cop that carries a gun are pansies!

19. DurTeeDee

Posts: 151; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

or someone who wants to protect themselves

20. civicsr2cool

Posts: 277; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

"Anyone who isn't in the military or a cop that carries a gun are pansies!" Come wild boar or bear hunting with me my friend.

21. Michael Lyles unregistered

What a load of crap.

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