How do vegans survive? Not only must they avoid all meat and dairy, but they cannot so much as glance at a virtual representation of an animal product. No cheese, no honey, no leather shoes, and absolutely no using an emoji with an egg [gasp] in it.
Well, thank God Google has recognised the hugely unethical nature of pixels in the form of an egg. Yesterday, the tech company announced that it would be removing the hard-boiled egg from its salad emoji, thus allowing Android-owning vegans to regain the use of their phones.
According to The Verge, Google plans to introduce 157 new emojis to the Android P Beta 2 when it's released later this year. It will also be editing the salad emoji as part of a push for, er, “diversity.”
In a tweet, Jennifer Daniel, head of Google’s Expression design team, explained the change. “There’s big talk about inclusion and diversity at Google,” she wrote. “So if you need any evidence of Google is making this priority, may I direct your attention to the emoji—we’ve removed the egg in Android P Beta 2, making this a more inclusive vegan salad.”
This isn’t the first time Google has amended an emoji after great emotional turmoil. Late last year, the company finally responded to months of complaints about the placement of cheese in its burger emoji, redesigning it to go over the burger, instead of over the bun.
What would we do without you, Google?