After Apple, Twitter Also Changed its Pistol Emoji To Water Gun Emoji

Water gun emoji
source: TechCrunch

The social media platform was earlier surrounded by some blames regarding its ill performance in stopping twitter trolls and abuse.

Before Twitter, Apple’s decision of changing emoji was considered as a political statement:

Apple water gun emoji
source: Techspot

Like we told earlier,  technology giant’s step of changing pistol emoji to a water-gun emoji, a harmless kids’ toy, was seen as a political statement.
In 2016 Apple introduced its own water gun emoji in iOS 10. The company had also argued regarding the addition of rifle emoji. Which resulted leading to the Unicode’s decision to remove the gun from its list of new emoji candidates that same year.

How will Twitter’s step of changing emoji will make any difference?

This question might have arisen earlier as well, but let me tell you, emojis do have an impact.
Emoji is now used as a mean of communication, especially among the younger generation. And by this, it reflects the culture and approach. Therefore, so much attention is being given to emoji updates nowadays.
Like we have seen, human emojis updating themselves into different human skin color and emojis representing profession for male and female both.

Water gun emoji
source: TechCrunch

Twitter might be trying to make-up for its earlier mistakes:

Earlier this year, The International Organization For Human Rights, The Amnesty International, declared Twitter as a “toxic” place for women.
Amnesty International’s verdict resulted badly for the social-media platform. Unlike, Facebook and Snapchat, Twitter is a platform mostly used by celebrities, politicians, influencers and important people working in different sectors of life. Twitter, since the day it was created, acted as a platform to connect public with important people.

Hate speech, abuse, and trolling against women became very common on this platform and it seemed like the platform wasn’t willing to stop it. Therefore, influential women from around the world stood against online abuse on Twitter.


By Maira Feroz

A journalism student who's studying the native form of journalism but is performing it in the digital way.