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March 31, 2014

#EmojiEthnicityUpdate prompts discussion of emoticon diversity

African mobile firm launches 'afro' emoji icons.
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Image via Oju Africa.

To promote diversity, the African mobile company Oju has introduced new "afro" emoticons. Criticism over the lack of diversity has been an ongoing discussion raised to developers. Recently, Apple said they are working to bring more diverse emoji icons. 

While some applauded Oju's efforts, others questioned whether this promotes diversity or creates more divide: 
 

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