Jill Layton
Updated June 02, 2016 9:00 am

Apple was ahead of the game last year when they diversified their emoji selections, and Facebook has just followed suit. Starting today, Facebook Messenger has finally added diverse emojis to their emoji roster!

The necessary emoji overhaul includes a wide variety of skin tone selections, LGBT inclusive choices, gender-agnostic options and placement of women in more roles. Facebook has finally embraced real life stuff, putting their lady emojis in professional roles like “a female police officer, runner, pedestrian, surfer, and swimmer,” among others to come, according to Facebook.


But wait! That’s not the only change happening. Facebook is also making a change to the way it handles emojis. You’ve probably noticed that until now, Facebook can be super inconsistent about which emojis appear on Messenger. They would either come directly from Messenger or from the emojis your phone automatically supplies. So now, no matter what platform you’re viewing on Messenger, the emoji will be made by Facebook.


If you’re confused why that even matters — imagine sending an emoji to someone, and on their end, they see it as something completely different. And then that emoji misunderstanding leads to something super dramatic and awaked and terrible (OK, that may be a stretch, but you get it). It may not be a big deal to some, but to others it’s definitely worth noting.

This is a huge step for Facebook, and we really hope all emoji platforms jump on board and diversify their emojis.