The Controversy Around the iOS 10 Gun Emoji
Apple’s redesign of iOS 10’s emojis has generated controversy by changing the realistic pistol emoji (?) to a toy squirt gun. Jeremy Burge of Emojipedia argues that this shift could lead to tragic miscommunications, since every other platform, plus previous versions of Apple operating systems, displays that emoji as an actual gun. Burge suggests that the pistol emoji should be hidden from the keyboard entirely, and those who want to use the emoji could still copy it from elsewhere and paste it into messages. If nothing else, this kerfuffle shows why it can be problematic to rely on pictographs for communication.
Whatever happened to free speech? Most emoji are far more offensive.
Apple has the First Amendment right to display their emojis however they wish, if at all. I think this says more about lax Unicode standards. :-)
Here is one to use as a substitute:
I don't care about the gun emoji. But emojis in general? Didn't it require a couple of hundred thousands of years for our ancestors to advance from emojis to writing? Why go back? If I have something to say to you I'll put it in writing.