This item is still on the backlog.
Please do not do this.
This feature request is still being reviewed by the feature team.
I cannot believe this is not already a feature. GIFs are extremely distracting and provide zero value.
The ability to turn off emojis is still being worked upon.
Also, there is work to create a compact mode which will also help reduce white space… which in turn will impact some of the complaints are far as wasted space from the emojis as well, that have been voiced in the comments.
Stay tuned for more details.