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Apple is doing away with the pistol emoji — and other updates

Did you know that, to many social scientists, emojis are being considered a new form of language?

Interesting food for thought, you can check out the PBS Idea Channel's video about that idea below:

Apple is responding to the weight their little pictures carry and is releasing redesigned emojis which feature more people of color, women playing sports, a pride flag, and a depiction of single parents.

They are also replacing the pistol emoji with a water gun.

The pistol emoji has caused a lot of trouble in recent years, like last year when a 12-year-old was charged with a felony and fined for using the emoji in an Instagram post that police said was considered a death threat.

But the decision to remove it has also been met with controversy.

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Apple is doing away with the pistol emoji — and other updates

Allison Hollender

Allison is originally from Fresno, California, but made her way to the beautiful Central Coast, where she is a student at UC Santa Cruz, earning a degree in both history and politics, working as a reporter for City on a Hill Press, and guzzling gallons of coffee. She is a lover of television and all things Amy Poehler. Follow her embarrassing attempts at jokes on Twitter @alleyrenee16.

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