Apple replaces controversial pistol emoji with water gun

Apple replaces controversial pistol emoji with water gun

Apple replaces controversial pistol emoji with water gun

Apple have announced that more than 100 new emoji will join the current lineup this fall with the release of iOS 10. The update also "adds lovely redesigns of popular emoji, a new rainbow flag and more family options", according to a company press release Monday.

Other emoji include female athletes and different professions, as well as single family options and a rainbow flag.

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The most controversial aspect of the emoji update for iOS 10 is changing the real-looking pistol to a water pistol instead. The company said it hopes its new lineup of "popular emoji characters reflect the diversity of people everywhere".

The company has replaced the gun emoji, which has been part of its emoji keyboard since the Unicode 6.0 release in 2010, with a green water pistol.

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Anti-gun groups have lauded Apple's announcement and consider the swamp a symbolic gesture in the gun control debate, according to CNN. A 12-year-old in Virginia was charged after allegedly threatening her school in an Instagram post that used a gun, knife and bomb emoji. Apple has been focusing heavily on emojis with the iOS 10.

The original gun emoji has been around for six years, and the change comes without any specific explanation. In May, Google proposed a number of new female and professional emoji to promote gender equality, and the Unicode Consortium accepted the proposal last month. The Messages app will become more expressive with the iOS 10.

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Apple and Microsoft, which are both Unicode members, argued against the Olympics-inspired icon in May. Then there was that time when cops arrested a Brooklyn teenager for posting gun emoji towards a police emoji's head.

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