A UK charity for stutterers has criticized Apple for the iOS dizzy face emoji that appears when you search for “stutter” or “stutter” on an Apple device.
STAMMA published a report today stating that “hundreds of you have contacted us to tell us that a ‘stunned face’ emoji automatically appears on iPhones and iPads when you type the word ‘stutter’ in messages.”
The report describes the emoji as a yellow face “with a wrinkled mouth and a crooked expression,” stating that there is a similar emoji on WhatsApp that “also features a hanging tongue,” although we couldn’t find this in our search.
The charity says it has been “inundated” by complaints from its members, with the CEO of STAMMA stating:
“This is degrading and damaging. Stuttering is how some people talk. Treating it as a joke is stigmatizing. It can leave people embarrassed about how they sound, intimidated and embarrassed, which can affect their mental health, careers and relationships.”
As you can see from our image below, a quick search for ‘stutter’ in iMessage shows the mentioned emoji.
One user told STAMMA:
“This shows up on my phone when I type stuttering! This is capable, as sometimes people who stutter make facial expressions when they experience a crash, and this almost mimics that. I hope Apple realizes this and apologizes.”
Another user said he was “horrified” by the emoji and hoped it could be fixed.
iMore has reached out to Apple for comment on the matter.