Facebook has announced that it is adding 1,500 new emojis to its Messenger app in order to cater for the diversity of its users.

The new emojis follow Apple's bulk addition of new emoji characters to iOS last year, but Facebook claims that Messenger is the first platform to feature a female police officer, runner, pedestrian, surfer, and swimmer, and notes that more are to come in the near future.

Facebook Messenger emojis
Facebook also notes that it is making changes to how emojis are displayed in the app.

Previously, some users would see replacement emoji characters that were native to their device, but now all users will see the same ones, irrespective of how they access the service. The company says that this will ensure that no one will see "broken-looking black boxes or emojis that just don't make sense."

Additionally, Facebook announced the addition of a new emoji picker for all platforms, located in the iOS app at the left of the composer.

Facebook Messenger is a free download for iPhone and iPad on the App Store. [Direct link]

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555gallardo Avatar
81 months ago
Best one so far:
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81 months ago
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TheSlush Avatar
81 months ago
If this were somehow specific to iOS, I would understand it being newsworthy on MacRumors. But simply reporting on iOS/Android app updates? Irrelevant.

Also, I anticipate this thread moving to the "Politics, Religion, and Social Issues" category in 5... 4... 3... 2...
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adamjackson Avatar
81 months ago
but these aren't emoji, right? These are just stickers.

Emoji is a global standard with an approval process. If I were to use these over SMS, they wouldn't display on the other side, therefore they're just stickers.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
2010mini Avatar
81 months ago
Ok..... I'm in the minority class and I still don't get why yellow emojis are considered white. They are yellow with no features to show ethnicity.... Why the Need for skintoned emojis????

Are emojis THAT important, that we need this definition? Writing with words aren't enough anymore?
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pgiguere1 Avatar
81 months ago
I feel like we're stretching the definition of "emojis" here.

As I understand, those are proprietary emoticons independent from the emoji unicode standard, much like those ('http://fsymbols.com/images/facebook-emoticons.png') or those: :apple:;):p:D:eek:.
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