Facebook Diversifies Its Messenger Emojis

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It's about time! New emojis have finally arrived on Facebook!

It’s about damn time! Facebook Messenger’s emojis are getting a huge makeover. “Messenger is bringing over 1,500 newly designed Messenger emojis to the world,” the company released in a statement. “We’re diversifying the genders to create a more balanced mix that’s more representative of our world.”

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With the revamped Messenger emojis, users will have the option of choosing their own default skin tone – because white male is not always the norm – and will also have the ability to be used across both Android and iOS platforms. Gone are the days of receiving random blank boxes!

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Gender bias and lack of representation have been call outs from emojis as they have changed the way people communicate with one another. “Whether it’s a smiley face to show you’re happy, a thumbs up, or a pizza when hungry, emojis are a fun, easy way to express yourself when words just aren’t enough… However, not all platforms have kept up with emoji standards as they’ve evolved,” states Facebook.

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