Facebook Emoji 14.0 Changelog

Facebook Emoji 14.0 Changelog

Facebook has begun rolling out a new emoji update, introducing the likes of ๐Ÿซ  Melting Face, ๐Ÿฅน Face Holding Back Tears, and ๐Ÿซถ Heart Hands to the platform while also updating the existing ๐Ÿคญ Face with Hand Over Mouth and ๐Ÿ’‰ Syringe emoji designs.

These emojis are for Meta's Facebook and Messenger platforms and will be made available to an increasing number of global users over the next weeks and months. Meta's other social properties - namely Instagram and WhatsApp - will not include these emoji designs at this time.

A total of 137 new emojis have been introduced in this update. 107 of the come from late 2021's Emoji 14.0 recommendations list, which introduced ๐Ÿซก Saluting Face, ๐Ÿซฆ Biting Lip, expanded ๐Ÿค Handshake emoji skin tone options, amongst others.

The remaining 30 emojis, however, are from late 2019's Emoji 12.1 recommendation list.

While Facebook has supported the majority of Emoji 12.1 since summer 2020, today's update is the first to include a selection of different ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿคโ€๐Ÿง‘ People Holding Hands emojis - specifically, those that display an individual with the lighter of the two featured skin tones on the left of the emoji design.

Additionally, three emojis have had their designs updated: the aforementioned ๐Ÿคญ Face with Hand Over Mouth and ๐Ÿ’‰ Syringe emojis, as well as the ๐Ÿ˜ Neutral Face.

๐Ÿ†• New

This update includes seven brand new smiley face emojis - the largest number within a single Facebook emoji update since they first provided support for Emoji 5.0 in July of 2017.

As with Apple's iOS 15.4 update earlier this year, the ๐Ÿซข Face with Open Eyes and Hand Over Mouth is of particular interest.

Those familiar with Facebook's emoji set would not be mistaken in believing they've seen this exact design previously. That is because, before this update, it was the design used for their ๐Ÿคญ Face with Hand Over Mouth emoji, which has been given a brand new design.

Why the change? Well, across the majority of other major emoji vendor sets, the ๐Ÿคญ Face with Hand Over Mouth emoji had historically displayed with a content expression. This contrasted greatly with the concerned, opened-eyed stare of the design on Apple and Facebook platforms in late 2017 and late 2018 respectively.

However, following this Facebook update and Apple's iOS 15.4 update in March of this year, the ๐Ÿคญ Face with Hand Over Mouth now has a convergent expression across all major emoji vendors.

The update also introduces seven brand new hand gestures to Facebook's emoji set.

As with all other hand gestures, these new additions support skin tone modifier options.

Additionally, two of these new hand gestures - namely ๐Ÿซฑ Rightwards Hand and ๐Ÿซฒ Leftwards Hand - have been used to create a series of new ๐Ÿค Handshake emoji sequences with multiple different skin tone options.

Five other ๐Ÿค Handshake emoji variants - namely those that display both hands with the same skin tone - have been supported by Facebook since 2017 despite only being formally recommended for general interchange (RGI) in last year's Emoji 14.0.

Alongside the 30 variants from Emoji 12.1 highlighted above, this Facebook emoji update adds three people emojis: the gender-neutral ๐Ÿซ… Person with Crown and ๐Ÿซ„ Pregnant Person, as well as the ๐Ÿซƒ Pregnant Man.

The update also includes toothy ๐Ÿซฆ Biting Lip and a battle-ready ๐ŸงŒ Troll fantasy creature.

Finally, this update also includes a small number of new additions to the ๐Ÿป Animals & Nature, ๐Ÿ” Food & Drink, ๐Ÿ’ก Object, and ๐Ÿ”ฃ Symbol emoji categories.

๐Ÿ†™ Changed

๐Ÿ’‰ Syringe has been updated to remove its blood-red contents and droplets, as per other vendors' recent changes.

๐Ÿคญ Face with Hand Over Mouth now has a contented expression to match other vendors' designs.

๐Ÿ˜ Neutral Face now has a rigidly vertical mouth, as per other vendors.

๐Ÿ“ถ Release

Facebook's support of Emoji 14.0 began its rollout in April and will become available for a majority of global users in the coming weeks and months.

Users of Facebook and Messenger see these designs on the social network and messaging app across Android and Windows platforms.

iOS users will see Apple's native emoji designs within the Facebook and Messenger mobile apps, though they will see Facebook's design set if accessing Facebook.com or Messenger.com via MacOS.

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