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Picto this - emojis join PC brigade

A proposal to expand the skin colour options for emojis may get the thumbs up from those calling for more diversity in the icons.

The cartoon-like pictograms - such as smiley faces or hearts - have become popular in texts and online chats to express emotion. Now Unicode Consortium, the non-profit organisation that sets the standards for the pictograms, is considering adding five new skin colours.

The default emoji face was designed to be generic, but Unicode says users been clamouring for changes to better reflect global diversity.

The proposal is still under review but could lead to changes for many users as many operating systems are based on Unicode standards.

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