UPDATED — March 27, 5:50 p.m. ET:
Emoji characters have been standardized by Unicode Consortium since 2010, so as to appear on all computers and mobile devices the same. Other apps offer emojis, but users risk their friends not being able to see them if they haven't installed the same software.
This is not the first time people have noted the lack of ethnic emojis, and many have expressed frustration in particular with the fact that there are no black emojis.
Miley Cyrus tweeted in 2012 that emojis needed an ethnic update:
And Baby Daddy star Tahj Mowry tweeted about it too:
Despite Apple's announcement that they are working on an emoji update, there is no release date.
"We're proud that thousands of our members acted and Apple listened," said DoSomething.org's spokeswomen Colleen Wormsley to BuzzFeed. "In August, we urged Apple to include more diversity in the emoji keyboard. Emojis are a huge part of youth culture and everyone should feel valuable and represented."
Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.
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