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Twitter officially removes, replaces pistol emoji.

Twitter has finally killed off the pistol emoji, following the lead of fellow tech giants such as Apple, Samsung and WhatsApp. Instead, the icon has been replaced with a cartoon water pistol, which is designed to look less threatening — but some users are furious about the decision. These new changes are part of Twitter’s...
Time: 15:25     Date: 13.04.2018
World Tech News: Twitter officially removes, replaces pistol emoji. NY Post 24 - US News

Instead, the icon has been replaced with a cartoon water pistol, which is designed to look less threatening — but some users are furious about the decision.

These new changes are part of Twitter’s latest Twemoji 2.6 update.

The social network regularly adds, removes and changes emojis — and the pistol ban is arguably long overdue.

Twitter’s original emoji design for the pistol looked clearly like a revolver, with a brown stock, a short barrel and an obvious revolving cylinder for bullets.

But the new version is colored green and clearly looks like a water pistol.

Obvious defining features on the new emoji include a fun curved shape, an orange tip and a plasticky yellow trigger.

The change is likely a bid to help clean up Twitter’s reputation online.

Twitter has been struggling to get to grips with trolling, bullying, harassment and threats of violence on the platform.

Changing the pistol emoji could soften threatening tweets — a water pistol has very different connotations, after all.

The decision also comes at a time of heightened tension around firearms in the USA.

Back in February, 17 students at a school in Parkland were killed — prompting US President Donald Trump to call for teachers to be armed.

The shooting sparked a wave of protests calling for better gun controls in America.

Unsurprisingly, people are divided over Twitter’s decision to scrap the emoji, with some users blasting the social network over the change:

The infantilisation of society continues. The gun emoji on Twitter's been changed into a water pistol.

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