In a bid to fight the prevailing gun culture, Twitter has changed its “pistol” emoji to a bright green “water gun”, following Apple, which launched a similar one in its iOS 10 update. Also Read - WhatsApp tips & tricks: How to download someone else’s WhatsApp Status video
The change is part of Twitter’s emoji update “Twemoji 2.6,” Tech Crunch reported late on Wednesday. Also Read - Apple TV Plus for free: PS5 owners get six months subscription free of cost
“In doing so, the company that has struggled to handle the abuse, hate speech and harassment taking place across its platform, has removed one of the means for online abusers to troll their victims,” the report added. Also Read - Amazon Prime Day sale deals revealed: Discount on OnePlus Nord CE, Mi 11X, Samsung Galaxy M42
Replacing the weapon gun by a child’s toy, first by Apple and now by Twitter makes the effort against gun-culture prevelant in the US very clear.
“A gun should not have a place in the pictorial language people commonly use when messaging on mobile devices,” said the rpeort.
Samsung and WhatsApp have already replaced their gun emojis with a water gun.