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San Francisco - Apple Subs Squirt Gun For Controversial Pistol Emoji

Published on: August 2, 2016 11:04 PM
By: AP
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San Francisco - Apple is disarming — or at least it’s dumping an emoji that depicts a realistic-looking revolver and replacing it with a brightly colored toy water pistol instead.

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The tech giant is releasing some new emoji images for iPhone and iPad users who use the cartoonish icons when they send messages. They’ll be available this fall with iOS 10, the next major revision of Apple’s mobile software. Other new emoji will depict women in athletic and professional roles, as well as a rainbow flag.

Gun-control advocates had urged Apple to dump the handgun emoji. It’s also drawn controversy in cases where students used it in ways perceived as threatening. The squirt gun may still look like a pistol, however, to recipients who view the message on a non-Apple device.



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 Aug 03, 2016 at 08:11 AM GMalka Says:

Thank goodness. I feel safer now.

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 Aug 03, 2016 at 09:24 AM RebelSheep Says:

People can easily threaten with a simple threat. And hunt animals with any weapon they can find.

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 Aug 03, 2016 at 09:41 AM cynic Says:

Hey Parker Brothers. What about that pistol in the Monopoly™ players' pieces?

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 Aug 03, 2016 at 12:36 PM Anonymous Says:

Wow. Sooo scary. That picture could really hurt me!

/sarcasm off

Pictures or inanimate objects cannot hurt anyone. It all depends on the HUMAN.

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