WhatsApp adds more emojis amid explosive growth

2016-02-16 13:39 - Duncan Alfreds, Fin24
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WhatsApp has updated its emoji library. (Duncan Alfreds, Fin24)


Cape Town – Instant messaging application WhatsApp has updated its emojis after surpassing the one billion user mark.

The Facebook-owned platform has launched emojis that include new animals as well as expanding the number of characters where users can change the colour to match a racial preference.

WhatsApp has also updated its religious references with emojis that cover multiple groups as well as an expansion of the Chinese symbols.

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The symbols have made their way into the common vernacular as people increasingly use the graphics to represent how they feel on a platform where visual cues are absent from communication.

Social networking giant Facebook recently bought WhatsApp for a record $19bn. The service hit one billion users this year, according to Facebook.

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