Facebook messenger rolls out
emojis on female professionals

June 2 2016 5:16 PM

Image from Messenger's Facebook page
Image from Messenger’s Facebook page

Facebook Messenger, the social giant’s instant-messaging platform, is getting a lot more inclusive with new diverse emoji, including female professionals and redheads, Facebook said in a statement.

Messenger’s new set of emojis includes various skin tones and “women in great roles” to make emoji “more representative of the world we live in,” Facebook said.

“Now, using Messenger emojis, you’ll see a female police officer, runner, pedestrian, surfer and swimmer for the very first time, and we’ll keep rolling these out,” it said.

It said the over 1,500 newly designed Messenger emojis would have “gender-agnostic options and would be multi-colored”. They will be available on many Android devices and web products for the first time.

“We’re diversifying the genders to create a more balanced mix that’s more representative of our world,” Facebook said.

Image from Messenger's Facebook page
Image from Messenger’s Facebook page

Facebook noted that nearly 10 percent of mobile sent in Messenger included emoji, although not all platforms have kept up with emoji standards as they evolved.

Also, it said the new set of standardized emoji would look the same for all Messenger users, regardless if the recipient was on Android, iOS or another platform.

“In other words, no more broken-looking black boxes or emojis that just don’t make sense. Our characters are consistent every time you use them, no matter what platform the recipient is on,” it said.

On all platforms, the Messenger composer will now include an emoji picker to help users select the perfect emoji.

A separate report on The Next Web (TNW) said the female professional emoji would reflect what Google had proposed to better represent working women.

Users can even pick red as a hair color option, TNW said in its report.

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