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Google's New Vegan Friendly Emoji

by Cheryl Baker on June 15, 2018

Do you own an Android phone? Then this'll be good news for you! Google has recently announced that they are making changes to a number of their emojis in their new version of their Android OS. One in particular that's making headlines is their new vegan-friendly Salad Emoji.

You heard it, they're removing the eggs from their salad emoji. The old emoji features a white bowl, lettuce, tomatoes and a hard boiled egg. In the new version they've kindly decided to remove the eggsĀ šŸ„—šŸ‘

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We're very pleased with the change and to see Google's responsiveness to the vegan community's requests to have the unnecessary ingredient removed. This appears to be an initiative from Google to be more inclusive of different communities.Ā UX Manager Jennifer Daniel sent a tweet on Wednesday announcing the news: "There's big talk about inclusion and diversity at Google so if you need any evidence of Google is making this priority may I direct your attention to the (image) emojiā€” we've removed the egg in Android P beta 2, making this a more inclusive vegan salad."

However, not everybody took the news too well. The announcement sparked backlash from carnists (surprise!) who felt offended by the removal of these unborn chicken babies they love to feast on. TheĀ British Egg Information Service responded to the change from google by saying, "Are the people at Google cracking up? We completely understand that vegans choose not to eat eggs,Ā but in the UK egg sales are up by almost 5 per cent and many people love them, so it seems a shame for the majority to be missing out due to concern for offending one group,"

Others felt it was taking things too far and expressed theirĀ carnist ideologiesĀ with sarcastic remarks, claiming it was an exclusion to people who enjoy eggs.

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Some of the other changes that Google and set to make include redheaded and curly haired emojis. Some of the animal emojis are also getting a face lift with a happier turtle and goat emoji.

Although this may seem like a small and insignificant change in the larger scheme of things, it's a step in the right direction. Significant changes won't happen overnight and things will need to be taken one step at a time. In the meantime, feel free to enjoy your egg-less vegan friendly emoji in the near future!

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