There are several hidden emojis available in WhatsApp, it’s been revealed. Last week, we told you how to access a secret transgender flag icon which has not yet been officially introduced as an emoji.
But the messaging app has also made it possible to use three other gender-related icons: the Mars and Venus symbols which represent men and women as well as a new one called ‘male with stroke and male and female sign’ used by trans people.
You’ll need to copy and paste the icons in the tweet below to use the other emojis. The hidden emojis were uncovered by WABetaInfo, which also said the trans flag is now available to send in WhatsApp.
Previously, you had to manually copy and paste it into messages. Emojis are governed by an organisation called Unicode, which operates a ‘standard’ containing all the emojis currently in use.
However, it’s up to individual companies to roll out new emojis on their hardware or software. ‘This isn’t the first time WhatsApp has used the ‘wiggle room’ in the Unicode Standard to create its own emojis, which while completely valid, haven’t been documented by Unicode,’ Emojipedia wrote in a post discussing the transgender flag icon.
‘WhatsApp was the first vendor to implement the middle finger emoji in 2015 when no vendor had added Unicode 7 support at the time. In 2016 WhatsApp created an Olympic Rings emoji by joining five Unicode circle characters.’
More than 1,000 people recently signed a petition calling on Unicode to introduce a trans flag emoji. ‘No matter what language you speak or where you are in the world, emoji’s are a universal way of communicating how you are feeling in a text message or on social media,’ the petitioner wrote.
‘There are over 800 emojis, but there is one that is missing: the transgender pride flag.
‘Though less known than the rainbow pride flag, this important symbol shows support for and brings awareness to a marginalized population in our country.’