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Apple Adds New Diverse Emoji; Asians Disapproved

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The latest ‘racially’ diverse Emoji from Apple is almost here but there seems to be an issue with the yellow skin toned Emoji

Apple?s latest added ?racially? diverse Emoji is now rolling out for the OS X beta update. According to The Guardian, Apple released their beta update for the OS X operating system last Monday which also includes the long-awaited diverse Emoji. Sadly though, the only ones who have access to this feature are the testers, but rest assured because everyone will get a chance to download this in the coming months.

Meanwhile, on a different report, thenextweb stated that the new diverse Emoji for the OS X 10.10.3 and iOS 8.3 Beta 2 will feature different skin tone of different ethnicity. But that?s not all, it was also mentioned on that report that the new added Emojis will also have a ?neutral? or default yellow skin tone and under the Unicode specification, this is considered as ?non-human?.

However, different report suggests that the yellow skin tone for the diverse Emoji of Apple is a bit racist especially to the Asian community.

The Asian community does not approve the latest Apple diverse Emoji

Few people might be excited for this news about the racially diverse Emoji from Apple but apparently, not everyone is excited or happy with Apple?s latest announcement. A report from QZ suggests that users from China were not impressed by this new ?diverse? Emoji?they find this update mildly racist or inaccurate.

One user from Twitter named Kray Kray has also shared his/her views regarding this announcement from Apple. He said that ?[diverse Emoji] seems more racist than racially diverse?.

“Asian skin tone in the new Apple emoji set is bright yellow. That seems more racist than racially diverse.”? kray kray (@krazyfrog) February 24, 2015

Not just Kray Kray but many other people are showing their disappointment or at least questioning this most recent update from Apple. Like this tweet from another user named Avianne Tan.

“Apple?s new diverse emoji are a great add? but what?s up with the Asian ones?… http://t.co/4KOZ2dVSLt via @micnews pic.twitter.com/SkLEsKElC5“? Avianne Tan (@avianneflu) February 23, 2015

Many people have already explained that the yellow Emoji does not represent any skin tone or ethnicity. It was even explained by Rene Ritchie, Apple?s Analyst on his tweet last Feb. 23.

“(The yellow emoji aren?t meant to represent a skin tone. They?re default emoji yellow. Tap to hold to get one of the five skin tone choices)”? Rene Ritchie (@reneritchie) February 23, 2015

What about you? What do you think about Apple?s racially diverse Emoji? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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