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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.

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