Apple pledges to make emojis more ethnically diverse

Rejoice! You will no longer need to use the two dancing ladies emoji to represent Beyoncé

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Ever found yourself irritated that emojis tend to be kind of, er, white? That the Beyoncé emoji video didn't even feature an emoji that looked remotely like Beyoncé, because there wasn't one that existed? It seems kind of remiss that the iPhone keyboard has two different emoji for dragons but none for black people.

Well, no longer. Apple has vowed to introduce a more multicultural emoji character set after receiving criticism from Miley Cyrus and actor Tahj Mowry that the keyboard lacks ethnic diversity.

After MTV Act brought the complaints to Apple's attention, Katie Cotton, its vice president of worldwide corporate communications replied to say: "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."

There's no word yet on when this update will be available, although it's worth noting that the emoji keyboard is capable of being pretty socially progressive when it comes to civil rights: in 2012, Apple introduced emojis of gay and lesbian couples. Now they just need to bring in some ethnic diversity, too.   

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