Emoji Stereotypes

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Rest of World, Apple’s emoji keyboard is reinforcing Western stereotypes

"The “Africa” search issue ultimately reflects deeper representation problems that date back to the very beginnings of the emoji project. “Apple could simply remove a keyword on their end,” says Jeremy Burge, founder of Emojipedia, an independent website that serves as the de facto online dictionary for the emoji alphabet. “There is a technical solution there, but should there just be more African emojis in general? Would it be less problematic if it were contextualized with other African-specific emojis?”"

Some more emoji research is required (although I don't have an iPhone to do this!). Here are some related links, in no particular order:

Emojipedia

NPR, The Emoji Designer Who's Bringing African Culture To Smartphone Keyboards
O'Plérou ('Creative Ivorian') on Instagram

Emoji Combos: Qur'an
Andrea Stanton, 'Islamic emoticons and religious authority: emerging practices, shifting paradigms'
Azura, Pinterest, Muslim emoji
IslamQA, Ruling on drawing smiley faces when chatting on the internet

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