Water gun fight: Microsoft announces new emojis, cites values

Water gun fight: Microsoft announces new emojis, cites values
As we noted in a recent article, just as the emoji tides were changing (2016), Microsoft went the other way. Now, on the heels off Twitter, Facebook, Samsung and Google, the company is heeding the political call. Microsoft announced today that it will be "evolving" its emojis to better reflect the company values. They also provided a sneak preview of one new emoji, which happens to be a water gun. Although they were the last hold out, inn a time where social media ensures that everyone is having a 24-hour discussion about all hot button topics, what other choice is there? 

The emoji: pinnacle of value expression..


It is not the first time any of the tech giants have altered their emoji offerings to suit the political climate. Everything from gender neutrality to gun control has had its support touted in the emoji public square. It seems all the big names are now onboard and will no longer provide users with emojis depicting real weapons. No one is really sure which small, cartoonish figure will be the next subject of public opinion. Perhaps the knife emoji is next? What are your thoughts on the emoji crisis, and do you think emoji updates like this roll out faster than critical bug fixes? Let us know. 

Source: Microsoft

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11 Comments

1. lyndon420

Posts: 6789; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

It's really hard to show tolerance with society becoming so ultra sensitive.

3. aegislash

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Being bothered by something as minuscule as an emoji change....sounds very much like ultra sensitivity as well.

2. hatersgonnahate

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 24, 2015

American logic.. Prevent shooting not by banning guns but by banning gun emoji..

4. mootu

Posts: 1519; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

It is pretty ironic that it will be easier to go out and buy a real gun than it will be to view an emoji of one.

10. rouyal

Posts: 1582; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

You feel safe under the thumb of your nanny state?

11. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

Banning guns won't stop shootings.

5. palmguy

Posts: 982; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Guns don't kill people, gun emojis kill people. :-)

6. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Muricans smh.

7. TMHKR

Posts: 202; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

Emojis were a mistake.

8. mptripper

Posts: 32; Member since: Dec 10, 2013

Looks like the making of another watered-down emoji.

9. civicsr2cool

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

f**k Political correctness.

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