WE DID IT!
Our statement on the ‘stunned face’ emoji below: @Apple Unacceptably triggered this 🥴emoji by typing stutter, 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
STAMMA, the UK’s national charity for stuttering or stuttering, has announced a win for accessibility when it comes to the link between words and emojis.
The organization has announced that Apple has removed the link between the ‘Woozy Face’ emoji and the word ‘stutter’ in the latest iOS update.
WE DID IT!
Our statement on the ‘stunned face’ emoji below: @Apple unacceptably provoked this stunned face emoji by stuttering typing, in all languages.
We invited @Apple and companies that are working to create an inclusive space to do better. ‘
Thanks to everyone who helped stop this.
According to STAMMA, the British Stuttering Association, the ‘Woozy Face’ emoji was suggested to users every time they typed the word ‘stutter’ on the iPhone keyboard.
We are delighted that Apple has released an iOS update to remove the link that caused a ‘stunned face’ emoji when the word stutter was typed.
This happened in all languages and affected millions of people around the world. It was degrading and unacceptable.
Apple did not apologize or respond to our correspondence. However, we appreciate this response.
Apple started suggesting keyword-based emojis a few years ago, and the feature has certainly come in handy. However, this is obviously not an acceptable use of the feature and it is good that Apple has removed the connection. It’s unclear if Apple made the link on purpose and didn’t realize the issue at the time or if there was some kind of third party, even artificial intelligence, involved when it comes to choosing which words link to which emojis.