Facebook Messenger app, which has 900 million monthly users, is launching 1,500 new emojis to give users the ability to customise the emojis characteristics including race, gender and sexuality.
Messenger’s new selection is accessible everywhere the app is available, including Android and the web. The new designs, gender-agnostic options and multi-colored emojis will be available on many Android devices and web products for the first time. Facebook is 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. Users will be asked their preferred skin tone when the update is available, there is an option to change it later.