Emoji is the tiny art that can be used in text messages, emails, etc to express thoughts and feelings and do much -better than text in such a context. Apple has an extensive Emoji character set on the iOS and OSX devices.
But when it comes to racial diversity, there’s not a single black person to be found in the set and there aren’t any Latin faces there, its all caucasian stuff.
MTV Act’s Joey Parker emailed Tim Cook about the racial diversity issue in Apple emoji character set and got a response the very next day.
As reported by The Verge, Apple’s vice presient Katie Cotton spoke to the MTV Act about expanding their emoji character set to include more non-caucasian faces.
An Apple spokesperson also reported that they ahve been “working closely” with the Unicode Consortium to add more diversity to the standard emoji character set.
“Tim forwarded your email to me. We agree with you. Our emoji characters are based on the Unicode standard, which is necessary for them to be displayed properly across many platforms. There needs to be more diversity in the emoji character set, and we have been working closely with the Unicode Consortium in an effort to update the standard, replied Katie Cotton to Joey Parker
Emojis were first introduced in Japan as an alternative to text-based emotions. Apple’s current emoji character is quite large but the caucasian face is all you find.
Apple is likely to update its emoji character set in the coming OS updates, a fixed date has not yet been announced.