Google has decided to take the plunge, like several giants before it and now offers the water gun instead of a gun.
A more childlike visual
Seen from Europe, this may seem almost anecdotal, but the United States has a very different view of things on the issue. Both for those who defend the right to use a weapon and those who want regulation after the many killings in the country. In other words, the choice of Google should be a new controversy between the different camps.
Indeed, the Mountain View company decided to remove from these emoticons, the metal revolver and replace it with. A water gun. It does not send the same message. It was more than a year since Google was pressed by activists on this topic.
Since the end of 2016, when Apple started this mini-revolution. They have long pretended multiple platform problems before acting out. It seems that these problems are now of ancient history,
A global trend of American actors
On the side of the digital giants, Samsung, WhatsApp and Twitter have already done the same. In contrast, Facebook and Microsoft were still lagging behind on the issue of the emoticon weapon. Now Microsoft and Facebook also announced that they are replacing the gun emoji. One can imagine, however, that Mark Zuckerberg’s social network has other priorities at the moment. It will probably take a little time before this reflection ends.
At the end of December, the focus was on diversity in the broad sense. It was then appeared on several digital media emoticons of red people or women wearing the hijab. While this may sound anecdotal, emoticons are also in a way a reflection of society. Until 2016, women only appeared as dancers, brides, princesses and Playboy rabbits. We can now see them as lawyers, doctors or astronauts.