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Google becomes latest company to swap its gun emoji for a water pistol

By midian182 · 18 replies
Apr 25, 2018
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  1. Back in 2016, one of the changes in iOS 10 was the swapping of Apple’s realistic-looking revolver emoji with a green water gun. It’s taken a couple of years, but it seems other companies are now following in the iPhone maker’s footsteps.

    Twitter replaced its pistol emoji with a water gun just a few days ago. The icon had been a popular way for the platform’s many trolls to harass and threaten people, so the change wasn’t too surprising, though Twitter said it was made in the interests of “consistency.” Samsung made the same switch in the Samsung 9.0 update earlier this year.

    Now, Google has updated its Noto Color Emoji repository with a new design, according to Emojipedia. The company’s pistol emoji, which has changed several times over the years but always resembled an actual gun, has turned into what looks like a super soaker, complete with bright orange/yellow colors and a water reservoir.

    Apple had been under pressure from campaigners when it changed its gun emoji, though it never said if the decision was a reaction to organizations such as New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, which sent an open letter asking for the revolver to be removed. Companies make the change to avoid cross-platform communication issues: sending a toy gun emoji in a message and having it shows up as a real gun on a different platform could cause problems.

    The only two major companies still using the pistol emoji are Microsoft and Facebook, though the social network confirmed to Emojipedia that it would also be replacing it with a water gun. Microsoft, which had used a toy ray gun before switching to a realistic-looking weapon in 2016, declined to comment.

    Expect Google’s new emoji design to arrive with the launch of Android P later this year.

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  2. kombu

    kombu TS Addict Posts: 49   +103

    And yet, strangely, my desire to murder has not subsided one bit.
  3. Prosercunus

    Prosercunus TS Maniac Posts: 260   +106

    This should surely curb gun violence.
    Knot Schure, senketsu, Teko03 and 2 others like this.
  4. Mass murderers = typically low t

    Soy = low t

    Google et al = soy pistols

    The original Monsanto conspiracy.
    Misagt likes this.
  5. bob333

    bob333 TS Enthusiast Posts: 70   +33

    How does this affect anything?

    Movies/news/games (dont fight with me pls), they all have guns being shown.. are you proposing next that these platforms should have toy guns too?
  6. andy06shake

    andy06shake TS Evangelist Posts: 488   +159

    Waiting to see a rise in water pistol associated death. LoL
  7. regiq

    regiq TS Addict Posts: 203   +80

    A gun emoji?! Who would need that?
  8. Catweazle

    Catweazle TS Enthusiast Posts: 48   +36

    Ah, the old "Pretend ________ doesn't exist and the problem will go away" solution.
  9. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TS Evangelist Posts: 832   +339

    Wait for the news on a huge rise in water gun acid attacks....
    andy06shake and Godel like this.
  10. "There is absolutely no reason for anyone to own a squirt gun." - Sadiq Khan
    Knot Schure likes this.
  11. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,754   +363

    How silly
  12. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,012   +4,739

    You guys would be so proud, I shot the wings off of a fly from 50 yards away using a *insert water-gun-emoji*.
    learninmypc likes this.
  13. Solar Flair

    Solar Flair TS Enthusiast Posts: 33   +24

    Google: Gun is just a toy to me. We are developing killer robot with advanced AI.
  14. frostyshield

    frostyshield TS Booster Posts: 87   +89

    Now if only our military would do the same.
  15. senketsu

    senketsu TS Guru Posts: 894   +621

    It will become popular with the NSA and CIA. Upon receipt of the 'super-soaker water gun' emoji, they know they have permission to move the interrogation to the waterboarding stage.
  16. realestmfever

    realestmfever TS Rookie

    Why are people so upset at this lol. the gun emoji isn't the only one to get a change, especially concerning facebook
  17. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,012   +4,739

    The emoji itself is not what's upsetting. The symbolism behind changing them is what's upsetting. It's the same symbolism that would have our police trading in their armor for swim gear. It's pathetic!
    Knot Schure likes this.
  18. JamesSWD

    JamesSWD TS Maniac Posts: 263   +156

    Best damn comment of the day.
  19. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,694   +1,185

    It is hard not to laugh at these *****s from Google. Be it gun or a water toy gun it has absolutely no effect on gun violence.
    JamesSWD likes this.

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