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    Tech Companies Trade Gun Emojis For Toys

    They’re straight shooters. As gun violence continues to plague the U.S., leading tech platforms are phasing out handgun emojis and replacing them with toy pistols. Following an example set by Apple in 2016, WhatsApp, Samsung and Twitter made the switch more recently, and yesterday, so did Google — while Microsoft said it’s adopting a squirt gun emoji, too. Facebook is expected to follow suit, though it hasn’t released any details. Still, none of the companies have explicitly linked their decisions to the issue of gun violence.

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