logo
logo

The rifle emoji is shooting blanks, thanks to Apple and Microsoft

avatar
Richard Bond
img

BuzzFeed reports that the two tech titans, both members of the Unicode Consortium — the organization charged with approving letters, digits, and symbols for the encoding standard Unicode — removed several gun-toting characters from consideration in the upcoming Unicode 9.0.

A rifle emoji had already been approved by a majority of members for inclusion the Unicode 9.0 release in June, but Apple spearheaded an opposition effort.

Ultimately, company s outsized influence — millions of iPhone users send messages containing Unicode emojis every day, and the company retains voting rights — effectively forced the other members to fall in line.

The members also agreed to remove a second, pentathlon emoji that depicts a figure holding a pistol among athletes.

The initial reasoning behind the inclusion of the rifle emoji was relatively innocuous.

It was intended to appear alongside a set of sports-themed icons — handball, water polo, and gymnastics, among others — timed to coincide with this year s Olympic games in Rio, and indeed, Unicode s webpage of proposed emojis includes descriptors for the rifle such as shooting, hunting, and marksmanship.

collect
0
avatar
Richard Bond
guide
Zupyak is a free content platform for publishing and discovering stories, software and startups.