Apr 16, 2024

Apple update addresses Jerusalem emoji controversy

Apple has released a partial update to its iPhone software which stops the Palestinian flag emoji being suggested when users type the word "Jerusalem". Apple previously told the BBC the flag's appearance when Jerusalem was typed had been inadvertent. Critics such as TV presenter Rachel Riley had demanded Apple explain why the flag appeared, particularly when other cities do not produce flag emojis when typed. In the new update no emoji is suggested when a user types "Jerusalem", in line with what happens with other cities. iPhone users noticed a Palestinian flag emoji is being suggested when users type "Jerusalem."

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