Just last month Facebook extended its rollout of new emojis to most users. This has now extended to all users of the website and includes Facebook Mobile.
One addition that went unnoticed during the test phase was a new emoji:
Until now, Man in Business Suit Levitating has been one of a few emojis which don't have gender options available.1
Above: Facebook is the only platform with a Woman in Business Suit Levitating emoji.
While this ZWJ Sequence will look like these two emojis 🕴♀ on most platforms, users of the Facebook website will see this new addition.
Elsewhere, the new smileys are sure to be some of the most popular updates. The rainbow-stars are a fun touch, though I wonder if the Colbert Emoji could do with a slightly higher raise of the eyebrow.
Facebook has included every new smiley in Emoji 5.0 in this update:
- 🤩 Star-Struck
- 🤨 Face With Raised Eyebrow
- 🤯 Exploding Head
- 🤪 Crazy Face
- 🤬 Face With Symbols Over Mouth
- 🤮 Face Vomiting
- 🤫 Shushing Face
- 🤭 Face With Hand Over Mouth
- 🧐 Face With Monocle
In total 2,715 emojis are now supported by Facebook, which is 604 more than were first added in the 2017 redesign.
Above: Emoji professions approved in 2016 are now on Facebook.
Fantasy characters are an area that each vendor has so far been quite varied in their imagery.
The fairies are fun, having gone for a blue color and eschewed support for skin tones.
The woman breastfeeding supports all skin tones yet obscures the skin tone of the baby as per Unicode recommendation. This avoids a situation where the baby can only have the skin tone of the mother due to how skin tone modifiers function.
New flags include United Nations, which has had a two-letter regional indicator pair for years and added as an emoji in Emoji 4.0 last year.
Above: New flags that are now supported by Facebook.
Above: Facebook's emoji set supports three gender options.
Lastly, the award for the cutest Hedgehog so far goes to Facebook:
Above: A cute hedgehog emoji. It does have some competition though.
Facebook's releases tend to be staged over time, though this is now considered a full roll out for all current web users.
Users of Facebook mobile apps do not see the Facebook emoji set, with native emojis from each respective platform showing in apps.
Messenger and Facebook continue to use different emoji sets. Facebook did not respond to requests for comment about this.
Above: Facebook and Messenger have completely different artwork for their emojis.
While the Facebook set is receiving regular updates, the Messenger emojis have not been updated in 13 months at the time of writing.
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Looks a bit like a Xiao Long Bao, while vendors like Google have gone for a more neutral dumpling that could potentially represent a number of dumpling variations around the world. ↩