Google replaces the gun emoji – A Fight against Weapons!
Microsoft and Facebook are currently with their pistol emojis alone on the floor, because Google has now changed the picture in a water pistol.
Google is changing the pistol emoji to a water pistol with a recent Android update – and now Facebook and Microsoft are the only ones their pistol icons, because all the other big companies like Apple, Samsung or Twitter have already made similar changes.
After the announcement of the change on Android systems, Microsoft has responded quickly and communicated itself that they are planning a new version of the emojis. This returns Microsoft back to the former toy gun emoji, albeit in a slightly different design.
Facebook has also announced such a change, which has yet to be implemented, as in the case of Microsoft. Currently a gun icon can still be selected in Messenger.
Recent acts of Gun violence influences emoji design
As a rationale for adjusting the emoji on Windows, Microsoft said it was in the process of evolving emojis to accommodate its own values and feedback received from users.
As The Verge reports, the tech companies in the US in particular are worried about the increasing gun violence in their country. The changes to the pistol emoji, which Apple already made in 2016, Google, Samsung and Twitter in early 2018, take this debate into account.
When exactly we can expect a new version of the pistol emoji on Facebook and under Windows, is currently unknown.
Anyone who reveals Apple secrets must expect consequences. This message pervades an internal newsletter to all Apple employees. The iPhone manufacturer warns against revealing company secrets.
According to own data, Apple in the past year dismissed a total of 29 employees, because these company secrets have been leaked. Twelve former employees have even been arrested, reports Bloomberg, which has a corresponding internal Apple note. Apple wants to encourage its employees with a circular to not divulge company secrets.
The company justifies the crackdown as it is causing a significant damage. The products still being sold would be less successful if customers were already waiting for a new product. In addition, information leaked beforehand would lead to worse sales when they hit the market. Furthermore, the competition would learn in advance what Apple has in mind and could react to it faster.
Apple reacts strongly to secret betrayal
“These people not only lose their jobs, they will also find it extremely difficult to find a new job elsewhere,” writes the management. “Persons who reveal secrets are caught faster than ever before.”
In the newsletter, Apple recalls incidents from the past. Accordingly, a software developer was dismissed in March 2018 because he had passed on details for planning in the software area. In addition, Apple identified the employee who last year published the finished version of iOS 11 in advance.
In June 2017, it became known how Apple seeks to locate traitors in its own ranks. A security team, therefore, controls the employees at contract manufacturers, so that no parts are smuggled out of the works. The team also includes former members of intelligence agencies, law enforcement agencies, and the military. The security team should not only prevent the smuggling of components or other information but also seek out the source of such information.