Apple has released an update that prevents the “stunned face” emoji from appearing when users type the word “stutter” in messaging apps on iOS, including iMessage.
In early July, Stamma, the British Stuttering Association, called Apple about the bug, in which the “stunned face” would appear as a suggested emoji if users typed the word “stutter” in their own or a messaging app. third parties on iOS.
On Friday, Stamma tweeted that Apple “issued an iOS update to remove the link” that caused the problem.
WE DID IT!
Our statement on the ‘stunned face’ emoji below: @Apple Unacceptably requested this emoji when typing stuttering, in all languages.
We invite @Apple and companies working to create an inclusive space to do better. ‘
Thanks to everyone who helped stop this. pic.twitter.com/Xb628cgCGU
– STAMMA (@stammer) July 23, 2021
The link between “stutter” and “stunned face” in iOS was probably unintentional. Instead, it could have been the result of machine learning incorrectly associating the word with the emoji. Apple, like other companies, uses machine learning to determine common usage of words and emojis.
It’s unclear if the issue was resolved in the latest iOS 14.7 update or if Apple implemented a server-side fix to correct it.
Stamma noted that “Apple did not apologize or respond to [its] correspondence. “However, he added that he appreciates the response to the problem.