The salad emoji has been changed for vegans, and people have thoughts

Jake Hall
Friday 08 June 2018 12:45
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Photo: iSTOCK / Iefym Turkin / Twitter / @JenniferDaniel

'Inclusivity' has become a priority for plenty of companies over the last few years.

This is especially the case with emojis, which have been considerably diversified to represent a wider range of people.

One landmark example is the hijabi emoji, initially proposed by Saudi-born, Vienna-based teen Rayouf Alhumedhi, who claimed that she simply wanted to see an emoji that looked like her. The proposal paid off, and the result was an expanded keyboard with more options for more people - an undeniable victory, right?

But the latest amendments have sparked online claims that things are being taken too far.

Earlier this week, Jennifer Daniel - a user experience manager for Google emoji - tweeted a brand new salad emoji, without the egg previously nestled in among the lettuce and tomatoes.

According to the accompanying caption, the aim was to make the emoji more vegan-friendly.

Unsurprisingly, people had a lot to say; some made genuine complaints, but the vast majority made jokes.

Noticing the criticism, Daniel then clarified that the changes were made in order to stay more faithful to the original proposal of the Unicode Consortium, the non-profit which essentially makes all emoji-related decisions.

But obviously, as this is the internet, people just trolled each other.

What do you think - is it liberalism gone mad, or a necessary change?

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