It seems that there are many out there who consider that the current emoji character set is racist or just lacking in multicultural options, as it includes only caucasian icons. The MTV Act has contacted Apple and asked whether there will be something done in this direction. Appleâ€™s vice president of worldwide corporate communications, Katie Cotton, said that the company is working with the Unicode Consortium to add more characters to its emoji offerings:
Tim forwarded your email to me. 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.
The last time when Apple made a change to its emoji character set was with the launch of iOS 6, when these were made accessible to all users as you needed special apps previously to access emoji on iOS. The latest change to the icons used was also made at the launch of iOS 6 when Apple added gay and lesbian couples.
Apple's library of emojis covers a pretty wide range of characters, and it carries icons of young and old people, Asian and Muslim, gay and straight, but it seems that African-American users havenâ€™t been depicted yet. What do you think about this - should Apple expand its current emoji character set or thereâ€™s just too much fuss over such a minor detail?