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Apple Emojis To Diversify

Apple says it's working closely with the Unicode Consortium to racially diversify emojis on its devices. 

After years of Apple users complaining about the lack of ethnically diverse emojis on the iMessage application, Apple finally responded on Thursday.

In an email between MTV Act's Joey Parker and Katie Cotton, vice president for corporate communciations at Apple, Cotton said, "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."

Currently, the emojis are based on the Unicode standard, which is necessary for them to display properly across many platforms, according to Cotton. 

At the moment, the majority of Apple's emojis are yellow and those depicting real people are fare-skinned. The few depictions of other ethnicities and cultures include turban-wearing Southeast Asians and a salsa-dancing woman in a red dress.

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