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Twitter has declared a number of changes in its Twemoji 2.5 update. Probably, most significantly, following the lead of various companies including Apple, WhatsApp, and Samsung. The pistol will now replace with a fountain gun.
In 2016, Apple successfully pushed to have a rifle emoji deleted from the standardized collection of icons. A decision that was not encompassed by much debate as the argument was that a pistol emoji meantime existed. Whatever, shortly after, Apple then made the judgment to change the pistol emoji to a bright green water pistol. The move was seen as a political statement in an endeavor to stop promoting gun violence. And also it wound up being a grade that various other companies later adopted.
In an email statement, a surrogate from Twitter said the change was just made for constancy to match how the emoji has changed across other stages. Whatever, it’s hard to not watch it as Twitter’s own minor political statement, given the current shootings at Parkland and YouTube. And how details for these news events tend to start and also unfold on the stage.
Twitter has also faced an unbelievable backlash from the brimstone many say it allows, including threats of physical harm and violence. Nowadays, the platform declares it is running a test to make users aware of its rules in order to hopefully cheer better behavior and civil discussion online. While the company says changing the pistol emoji is just for constancy’s sake, the timing also suggests that this is one more step by Twitter to curb systems used by trolls and online aggressors.
Other Twitter emoji that have to accept a refresh include the kitchen knife. Which now looks more like a chef’s tool with a riveted handle. The crystal ball with latest, the alembic, and curved holding base. Which finds more detail to give it depth. These changes will affect Twitter users on mobile, TweetDeck, and desktop.