Expand emojis to reflect the diversity of ethnicity, gender, sexuality and disability of your user base
Emoji set is limited and almost exclusively white and male. This doesn't reflect the make up of most modern workplaces and certainly doesn't reflect the make up of your global user base.
Thank you for your feedback! We are excited to announce that we have rolled out a new set of over 800 emojis to our Desktop and Web platforms, with plans to release on Mobile in the coming months. This update includes 6 skin tone options, different genders for applicable emojis as well as emojis featuring people with disabilities. You can also add native OS emojis using “Win +.” shortcut in Windows and “Cmd + Ctrl + Space” in MacOS.
See more details here: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/send-an-emoji-gif-or-sticker-in-teams-174248c9-e64d-4de1-9f41-3199cc0751ad and https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/view-all-available-emojis-b9c2ccda-9ad9-4dbb-a25d-bbcebf6311ae
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Please add different skin tones to the emojis. It would be great to see more options, beginning with the thumbs-up. Thank you.
There is only one skin tone to the hand, white/yellow. This needs to be updated.
Monica Santiago commented
It would be great to have the option, like your phone, to change the skin tone on your emojis. thansk!
Yes this totally makes sense. In these times I am surprised Microsoft stick with "Simpsons" yellow and don't allow for the person to reflect their individuality
Can I setup MS Teams as an administrator to block emojis, gifs from external sites and other problematic content.
At an international company a seemingly thumbs up emoji is offensive to some countries
It's yellow men actually
Some Person commented
Is there anywhere that already does what you are suggesting? (if there is teams could base theirs on it)
I and several of my colleagues have been using teams for over a year and are horrified that you have refused to pay any attention to user requests for appropriate emoji's.
Emoji's on Microsoft teams do not give users: 1. options to select appropriate skin tone 2. select female emojis (it is actually quite telling that the only emoji that is clearly female is the 'don't talk' to me emoji! 3. There are no culturally sensitive emoji's, where are the headscarf options?
Emoji's are a tool for self expression, your decision to exclude skin tones or any cultural references is a clear micro aggression and reinforces the view that the only people who deserve representation are white men.
Please do better!
Melva Peed commented
Happy Friday -- Please add diversity to the color option for the emojis (Thumbs up/down) I would go for it being changed to Red or Green --- I is like Band-aides and baby dolls......and get rid of the monkey very offence.
Jules Fishelman commented
MS, this is a needed request. Representation is important.This improvement should be made to the standard response emojis on teams chat replies (thumbs up, heart, leaugh, etc) as well as the additional emoji menu that can be added to a chat message.
There is a second user voice with a similar number of votes here: https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/36241114-set-default-skin-tone-for-emojis
Default white emojis are a minor reminder that there are programmers out there than find my skin tone irrelevant.
Zoom has a Reaction Skin Tone setting, why can't Microsoft?
They are yellow? Not white? Not everything is racist.
Please address this as a matter of priority and better reflect your users.
100% agree: this is disappointing from Microsoft.
Follow Apple's lead (from several years ago!) and ensure the emojis better represent your users.
Please increase the skin tone options for emojis to go beyond just pale skin tones.
What exactly are you seeing?
Attached is what we see - they're all yellow?
If you press "WIN" key + ".", you'll see all the emojis. What are you seeing on your end?
As a business leader and parent of children using Teams for their remote schooling, I join other commenters here in calling for immediate action. I am incredibly disappointed that this request has zero response from Teams, whether on this forum or within the Teams experience. Your lack of action is out of step with Microsoft broadly and the world at large.
You're sending out a product where everyone is yellow and female emojis are ****** by design. Do better please.
The raise hand should be in various skin tones. All persons should be represented.
With respect to diversity and inclusion, please add skin color choices for the thumbs up/down in Teams chat.
Why are there not diverse emojis this is bad