Same sex (blond) emo­jis

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Have you no­ticed? What­sApp has now added same sex emo­jis to An­droid devices! Even though they’re very late to the party since the re­lease of Ap­ple’s more in­clu­sive emoji se­lec­tion in April last year, they’re here now and they’re re­ally cool.

It goes with­out say­ing that the so-called gay emo­jis sparked an out­cry from What­sApp users who deemed them “nasty” and “un­called for”, and urged What­sApp to re­move them en­tirely from the app, to re­place them with “bet­ter” emo­jis, such as “av­o­cado and Mus­lim emo­jis”.

A re­port also shows that In­done­sia has re­quested that What­sApp and Face­book block sub­scribers from us­ing gay emo­jis and stickers, even though same-sex re­la­tion­ships have been le­gal in that coun­try since 1993. Yet In­done­sian au­thor­i­ties still think gay re­la­tion­ships are a sen­si­tive is­sue.

The web was abuzz last year af­ter What­sApp ini­tially added di­ver­sity to its emo­jis, but for some rea­son it failed to do the same with th­ese new gay emo­jis and the mod­ern fam­i­lies they cel­e­brate.

I can’t be­lieve that with all races hav­ing LGBTi mem­bers, the mo­bile mes­sag­ing app couldn’t have been more ac­com­mo­dat­ing to var­ied skin colours, in­stead of hav­ing 21 ex­clu­sively white cou­ples over­all. Even nearly a year later, it is still the same on iOS sys­tems.

There has been an ad­di­tion and re­arrange­ment in the cat­e­gories, which might cause one to think that some emo­jis have been re­moved, but they haven’t.

The new emoji set is only avail­able on ver­sion 2.12.453 for An­droid users, and your con­tacts need to be on the same ver­sion to be able to view the emo­jis, oth­er­wise they will only ap­pear as boxes.

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DIS­AP­POINT­ING What­sApp could’ve in­cluded racial di­ver­sity in their ‘di­verse’ emo­jis

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