Apple's new hijab emoji triggers racist tweets

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Jul 19, 2017, 3:30 pm IST
Updated Jul 19, 2017, 3:30 pm IST
While thousands were ecstatic about the pictograph, many had harsh words about the symbol.
The hijab emoji was the most requested. (Photo: Apple)
 The hijab emoji was the most requested. (Photo: Apple)

On World Emoji Day recently tech giant Apple unveiled some of the new emojis it will be adding to its devices.

The company's CEO Tim Cook also took to Twitter to give the world a preview of the new additions. Among them are a bearded person and a woman who is breastfeeding.

 

It also included the most-requested pictogram - a woman with headscarf. In 2016, a 15-year-old girl from Saudi Arabia named Rayouf Alhumedhi had petitioned to have a hijab emoji as she argued 550 million Muslim women proudly wear it around the world and should be represented in this digital way.

Thousands were ecstatic with the inclusion.

 

However, some cruelly posted harsh comments on social media. One Twitter user called the hijab "a symbol of oppression". Another called for it to be banned.

Take a look at some of the tweets about the emoji:

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