Some new, more diverse faces may soon be used for emoji symbols, after a push for more racial diversity earlier this year by smartphone users gained traction with developers.
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A recent proposal draft developed by Apple engineer Peter Edberg and Unicode co-founder Mark Davis outlines how the standard model of emojis could embrace racially diverse emojis in the future. Unicode is the company that sets the standards for emojis.
The draft says users could modify the skin tone of emojis based on the six skin tones in the Fitzpatrick scale, which is a spectrum of human skin colors.
“People all over the world want to have emoji that reflect more human diversity,” a Unicode spokesman told the BBC.
An official release date has not been set, but initial estimates say the new skin tones could be rolled out by the middle of next year.
Nearly 5,000 people co-signed a DoSomething.org petition in August asking the company to diversify its collection of emojis.
Demand for more racially diverse emojis on Apple’s iOS platform originated to when the iPhone first began natively supporting emoji keyboards, NPR reported.