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New emoji are coming to iPhone, Android and Windows …but one is already controversial

Get ready to express yourself in a whole new way – 102 new ways, to be exact. That’s how many fresh emoji are coming to your smartphone, computer and web browser later this year. Draft versions of these all-new characters have been released to mark World Emoji Day on July 17, 2021 and you can already vote for your favourite.

New emoji are usually unveiled in March each year, however, this latest batch was delayed due to Covid. That means the designers have had a little bit longer to work on them and it seems to have paid off in some unusual and unique designs. Voting for the World Emoji Awards is now open and you can vote for any of the new emojis in the “Most Anticipated Emoji” category.

For some, the new uses cases for the characters are pretty obvious. You will be able to send a friendly handshake in 18 different skin tone variations, while a smart saluting emoji is perfect for those patriotic moments.

The sweet “heart hands” symbol is sure to become an instant favourite for sending support to loved ones. Another shows a face peering through its fingers – maybe cringing at a horror movie or car-crash reality show. The shiny new disco ball will be welcomed by fans of ABBA and Eurovision. A troll character could be used to point out bad behaviour on social media.

Others are a little more obscure. The “hand with eye” emoji is a “hamsa” symbol, which is popular throughout the Middle East as an amulet said to ward off the “evil eye”. We can’t see many uses for the x-ray, beans or ring buoy emojis, although the melting smiley will come in handy during heatwaves.

However, the most controversial by far has been the “pregnant man” and “pregnant person” characters, which have already sparked debate across the internet. One man said that despite the intended use, “I’m just gonna use it whenever I eat too much.” Another joked “this is the emoji you send your mate after drinking all evening and scranning a dirty kebab”.

Others said it was a gesture of inclusion to the few hundred transgender men who give birth every year. “Trans men can get pregnant, AND trans men are just as much as a man than those who are born in the right body,” wrote one Twitter user.

Love them or loathe them, you’ll have to wait a little bit longer to start using the new designs. At the moment the emoji are just proposals from Unicode, the organisation which creates and manages all official emoji.

The final versions will be approved in September this year. And because every vendor, like Apple, Samsung and Google, can choose how to display the symbols, they might end up looking a little bit different by the time you see them again.

In other emoji news, Microsoft has redesigned some old favourites for its Office range of products. Instead of a paperclip, users will see a miniature Clippy, the hated “virtual assistant” from Windows 97, which made a dramatic return this week. It has also created more colourful 3D versions of the other emojis, like the unicorn and smiley faces, with quirky new expressions.

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This post originally posted here Daily Express :: Tech

Twitter unveils emoji for pro-democracy Milk Tea Alliance

Twitter has launched a new emoji in honor of the online pro-democracy movement Milk Tea Alliance that has gained popularity among protesters in places like Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand and Myanmar. 

The Twitter Public Policy account announced the emoji late Wednesday in a thread to “celebrate the first anniversary of the #MilkTeaAlliance.” [1]

Tweets that include the hashtag will now also feature an image of a white cup set against a background that features “3 different types of milk tea colours from regions where the Alliance first formed online,” the platform wrote. 


The movement first arose last year following a Twitter war in which Chinese nationalists accused a young Thai actor and his girlfriend of supporting the ongoing democracy movement in Hong Kong, as well as Taiwanese independence, according to Reuters[5]

Twitter said that since April 2020, it has recorded more than 11 million posts with #MilkTeaAlliance, with conversations hitting peaks when it first launched and again in February following the military-led coup in Myanmar that ousted the country’s civilian government. 

Twitter has created emojis in the past for other social movements that have gained significant traction online, including #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter, writing Thursday that the platform “continues to play a unique role in enabling the public conversation around important social movements that are happening around the world.” 


“During times of civil unrests or violent crackdowns, it is more important than ever for the public to have access to the #OpenInternet for real-time updates, credible information, and essential services. #KeepitOn,” Twitter added in a follow-up tweet. 

Twitter went on to write, “We strongly believe that having access to the free and #OpenInternet is an essential right and remain a staunch defender and advocate of free expression and condemn #InternetShutdowns.” 

Twitter’s announcement was followed Thursday by Myanmar’s military junta ramping up its crackdown on the country’s internet and communications services. [14]

The Associated Press reported that the military placed further limits on fiber broadband service, which provided the last legal way citizens could communicate with each other.

Burmese authorities were also seen Thursday confiscating satellite dishes. 

The Biden administration on Thursday placed additional sanctions on Myanmar in response to the February coup, which the military has attempted to justify with claims of corruption among now-deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s government. [15]

More than 600 people have been killed thus far as a result of police crackdowns on ongoing anti-coup protests, and more than 2,800 people have been arrested during the demonstrations.


  1. ^ announced the emoji (twitter.com)
  2. ^ #MilkTeaAlliance (twitter.com)
  3. ^ pic.twitter.com/QiIBBbKfQc (t.co)
  4. ^ April 8, 2021 (twitter.com)
  5. ^ according to Reuters (www.reuters.com)
  6. ^ #MeToo (twitter.com)
  7. ^ #BlackLivesMatter (twitter.com)
  8. ^ #MilkTeaAlliance (twitter.com)
  9. ^ April 8, 2021 (twitter.com)
  10. ^ #OpenInternet (twitter.com)
  11. ^ #OpenInternet (twitter.com)
  12. ^ #InternetShutdowns (twitter.com)
  13. ^ April 8, 2021 (twitter.com)
  14. ^ ramping up its crackdown (thehill.com)
  15. ^ additional sanctions on Myanmar (thehill.com)

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Lorraine wades into Meghan emoji row while saying Kate Middleton's 'not put a foot wrong' 

Lorraine divulged: “I must admit that is quite irritating to be fair, because I don’t understand what they are.”

It comes as an uncomplimentary voice note about the Duchess of Sussex had allegedly been sent to her phone by mistake from a close pal, according to a report.

A source told the Daily Mail: “One of Meghan’s British friends fell out with her because Meghan was writing all these messages with loads of emojis. 

“The friend dictated a WhatsApp voice note saying, ‘God, Meghan is so annoying with all her emojis, she keeps sending me all these emojis’.