Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Apple and Microsoft Have ‘Banned This Controversial Emoji’ Amid Growing Gun Control Debate

Apple and Microsoft have reportedly banned a rifle emoji as a gun control row grips America.

The two tech firms allegedly pushed for the controversial icon to be removed from a line up of emojis due to be released to mark The Olympics.

Members of Unicode, the organisation which governs emoji, voted against rolling out the rifle, as well as a similar icon of a man firing a pistol.

It was due to unveil the rifle so it could be used be people discussing sporting events such as target shooting.

But according to Buzzfeed, it took the decision to ditch the gun emoji after Apple allegedly “led and championed” the ban at a meeting to discuss the sport icons.

“I heard Apple speak up about it and also Microsoft,” a tech industry source said.

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