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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Graham McKendry commented
Consider incorporating the already high # of votes (>850) on this topic from the Skype for Business UserVoice into this MS Teams UserVoice:
Please escalate. Keeping white/pink as the only color option for skin-colored emojis (thumbs up, handshake, etc.) reinforces the notion that pale skin is somehow the default/normal kind.
like this idea !
Maybe a simple solution is to make all these type of icons in 'Black & White'?
Or just a pencil outline... whitout any coulour...?
Just some thoughts
This should be a priority
Peter Palotas commented
How did you get the default for thumbs-up to be white? When I write :+ followed by pressing <enter> I get a dark colored emoji (which is not what I want in my case). In Slack you can select which skin_tone you want as your default. We need that here too. (Not sure if this is a separate suggestion or falls under this one though)
Much ado about nothing IMHO.
hahahha yes very well said. I've been thinking about this since we had to change from Slack (which is awesome BTW) to Teams. SMH!
Hello, it's 2017. Teams needs to start supporting multiple skin colors in emoji. Why is the default for thumbs-up, shaking hands, and all other "realistic" emoji still white?
These little things matter, especially now that Teams is available in Office 365 Education tenants. Our young students deserve to see emoji that represent them. Slack is way ahead of Teams on inclusive design: https://medium.com/@uxdiogenes/just-a-brown-hand-313db35230c5
I think what they meant is, you shouldn't have to call out that a woman is 'succesful' because you don't have to call it out for a man.
Jay F commented
"The only meme for women is called 'successful woman'"
You have a problem with this? You want to encourage unsuccessful women?
Yellow = white = not diverse
I'd disagree - they are all yellow circles with no* gender or racial signifiers. Adding gender or racial signifier seems like a backwards step.
*okay some have lipstick or whatever these days
lisaana otter commented
Your Emoji's that include flesh are all white-people flesh. Diversity in the Emojis, please
All of the thumbs up, and other hand emoji are all with white skin. Can we get some diversity up here in 2017?