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Something pretty shady happens when you Google the ginger emoji

Something pretty shady happens when you Google the ginger emoji


The battle to get a redhead emoji added to keyboards has certainly not been without impassioned debate. But, now it seems Google might have waded into the ginger emoji discussion with a rather shady message. 

If you’re an iPhone user with Gboard enabled on your keyboard, something pretty unusual happens when you emoji search the word “ginger.” Google’s Gboard presents you with a bunch of middle finger emoji. (How rude!) 

Image: rachel thompson / mashable

Redheads are currently jubilantly celebrating as a has just been made a candidate for 2018’s Unicode release. If accepted, they could be added to emoji keyboards by mid-2018. Given that Ginger Parrot (a website for redheads and their supporters) launched a for the ginger emoji two years ago, this is a pretty huge victory.

Does Google secretly dislike redheads? Or is it sick of hearing about the flight for the ginger emoji? 

Bizarrely, this little quirk is unique to iPhone users. 

Mashable did some more digging into Google’s potential distain for redheads. It emerged that no middle fingers appear when you search for “ginger” on Android using the Gboard function. 

So, what on earth is going on? A spokesperson for Google explained that the Gboard is basically confused. Gboard assumes you mean “finger” when you type “ginger.”

Um, seems like redheads might have a new campaign on their hands. 

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