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Apple announced Monday it will replace its controversial gun emoji with a water gun emoji in its new iOS 10 software update. (CNN Newsource)

Apple swaps controversial pistol emoji for water gun


Pistols are out and water guns are officially in. 

The gun swap is just one of the emoji changes coming to Apple products this fall with the release of iOS 10, the tech giant announced Monday. 

The changes are a response to a number of controversial social media posts that have resulted in criminal charges for the sender. 

For example, a 12-year-old in Virginia was charged with a felony after posting a threat on Instagram that read, "Watch out, I'm coming." That caption was followed by three emojis: a gun, a knife and a bomb, according to CNN. 

Apple swaps controversial pistol emoji for water gun

Earlier this year, a French court ruled that using a gun emoji could constitute a death threat. According to The Telegraph, a 22-year-old was sentenced to three months in prison for texting his ex-girlfriend a gun emoji in 2015. 


A group of anti-gun activists began lobbying for Apple to remove its pistol emoji last year as part of its #DisarmTheiPhone campaign on Twitter. 

The group even sent a letter asking for the firearm emoji to be removed "as a symbolic gesture to limit gun accessibility," according to CNN. 


Apple will also introduce several other new emojis in the fall. The new emojis will include: a set of new women professionals, female athletes, and a gay pride flag.

The public beta version of iOS 10 is now available. 

For more news, check out today's 60 Second Circa. 

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