Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft Ban Smartphone Rifle Emoji

ILLUSTRATION - Eine Frau tippt am 24.08.2015 in München (Bayern) auf das Display eines Smartphones, auf dem zahlreiche Emojis in der Nachrichten-App "Whatsapp" zu sehen sind. Photo by: Matthias Balk/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
Matthias Balk/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

Google, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft are banning a rifle emoji that would have otherwise become available on smartphones later this month.

Rifle emoji mockup from Emojipedia


The Telegraph reports that Apple led the fight against the rifle emoji, but will allow a handgun emoji — depicting a revolver — to remain available for use.

According to The Guardian, the rifle emoji was “proposed as part of a set of new icons representing winter sports.” It was expected to depict the kind of rifle used “in the biathlon, which combines cross-country skiing and shooting at a target.”

A campaign to stop the rifle emoji from becoming available actually faltered in its initial push. It was only after Apple joined the fray that the campaign succeeded. The new emoji update is slated to become available on June 21 and will include emojis like “Bat,” “Wilted Flower,” and “Glass of Milk.”

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