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Twitter’s Latest Emoji Update Ditches the Handgun & Aims for ‘Consistency’


On 11th of April Twitter announced the Twemoji 2.6 update – an emoji update which somewhat surprisingly doesn’t feature a single new emoji, but does come with some considerable alterations to the existing library.

A total of 10 emoji were tweaked in the update, with the most notable changes being made to the Handgun/Pistol emoji which has ditched its revolver-esque aesthetic altogether and now appears as a Water Pistol.




The Kitchen Knife also received a makeover, and now features a more curved blade, a dark grey bolster and a riveted handle, all of which make it look less like a weapon and more like a kitchen tool.

The changes follow similar alterations recently made by companies such as Apple, WhatsApp, and Samsung - all of which swapped out gun-related emoji on their own platforms for less violent alternatives - and is being seen by many as an overt political statement in the wake of yet more tragic and highly-publicised shootings on American soil. However, Twitter themselves asserted in an email to TechCrunch that the change is not about politics or ideals, and is instead a bid for ‘consistency’ across platforms.

Other emoji to be tweaked in this update include the Crystal Ball, which now features a modified stand, the Alembic, which has received some minor changes to its design and shading, both variants of Magnifying Glass, the Coat, the Eyes, and both the Smiling Face With Horns and Angry Face With Horns.




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Twitter’s Latest Emoji Update Ditches the Handgun & Aims for ‘Consistency’ Reviewed by Sam Bonson on Friday, April 13, 2018 Rating: 5
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