The unified struggle for Interracial couple emoji by Tinder
Use of emojis started from the beginning of the age “chatting.” Long before animated emojis were used, people managed to add emojis in their messages using existing characters in the keypad/keyboard. This became so popular among the users, and different applications including chat rooms and other social media platforms included advanced emojis exclusively for their users.
It was the organization “Unicode consortium” who standardized and unified the emojis so that it can be compatible with multiple platforms and operating systems. This compatibility made it a huge success, and constant improvement and updates make it a unique experience.
In their official post Tinder said:
Emojis are the universal language of the digital age. We use them to show our emotions, to give clarity and context to our conversations, and to represent the world around us.
It may seem like there’s an emoji for everything, but that’s not the case.
While emojis for people of color and emojis for same-sex couples both became a reality in 2015, one group of people is still excluded from emoji representation: interracial couples.
At Tinder, we believe that no one should ever feel unrepresented or unseen. Love is universal, and it’s time for interracial couples to be represented in our universal language.
But the social media app “Tinder” believes that there is something more to be added to the emojis that is – Interracial couple. Tinder attracted a large number of people for an internet campaign, and they signed petitions to add Interracial couple emojis in the further updates.
Interracial couple emojis are the emojis that can be used by its users to share their emotions during the chat, where the highlight is that they can use multiple characters in the single emoji with “Desired gender and race combinations” which is now absent. The campaign is known as Interracial couple emoji project. They demand 21 combinations of basic emojis concept with a heart shape in between them.
Technically for Unicode consortium, it is a tricky business. They have to design and add multiple characters with all possible combinations. But the organization is found to be open for this kind of movements. Back in 2015, Unicode consortium added same-sex couples and skin tone modifiers in its multiple emojis as part of a similar campaign.
This movement is backed by many of the tech giants and other influencers. The proposal includes a comprehensive and detailed petition on the website change.org. Right now it is not clear about the results of the campaign. The company Unicode consortium haven’t responded yet to the campaign. But it is expected that they will include the new emojis in the further updates because the company has the record of doing so in the past.