Facebook today injected a handful of new and diverse emojis into Messenger – more than a thousand, to be a little precise. The company tends to offer “a more balanced mix that’s more representative of our world” through the new emojis.
That said, Messenger users will now be able to pick the skin color for emoji when launching the app. You can, of course, change it later through the app settings. Facebook also has emojis representing red heads, at launch, for the first time.
Messenger is bringing over 1,500 newly designed Messenger emojis to the world. The new designs, gender-agnostic options and multi-colored emojis will be available on many Android devices and web products for the first time. We’re diversifying the genders to create a more balanced mix that’s more representative of our world. Now, using Messenger emojis, you’ll see a female police officer, runner, pedestrian, surfer and swimmer for the very first time, and we’ll keep rolling these out.
In addition, Facebook has standardize emojis, meaning all of new and old emojis look the same for all Messenger users – no matter what device they are using.