Flag for Taiwan emoji is missing
Why is Apple hiding the Taiwan flag for iOS 13.1.12 users in Hong Kong?
The politically-charged emoji update was first spotted by iOS dev Hiraku Wang. Any user with an iOS device region set to 'Hong Kong' will find that one flag is missing on their emoji keyboard. Users whose devices and communications are localized to mainland China are missing the same flag, and others.
Above: Taiwan's flag has been removed from the iOS emoji keyboard in Hong Kong. GIF: Emojipedia.
“Previously restricted on Chinese iOS devices, all other regions of the world have continued to enjoy access to all flags in the iOS emoji font, until now,” reports Emojipedia:
Apple's Hong Kong approach differs from the complete ban on the emoji in China.
Any iPhone purchased in China, or purchased elsewhere with the region set to China mainland, replaces the flag of Taiwan with a missing character tofu (☒) so it cannot be used or displayed in any app, even via copy and paste.
In Hong Kong, this emoji still appears when present in a document or message, and can be inserted via copy and paste with no change to the display. It also remains an auto-suggest option when typing the phrase Taiwan.
As for the most obvious place to find it - the emoji keyboard - that's where this emoji has gone missing.
This new restriction applies to all iPhones purchased in Hong Kong, as well as international iPhones where the region is set to Hong Kong.
Read the full report:
Apple Hides Taiwan Flag in Hong Kong
• Super Cyclone Amphan became the strongest storm ever recorded in the Bay of Bengal on Monday night • #Amphan is expected to make landfall on Tuesday, May 20 • Storm surge of up to 15 feet on anticipated landfall in West Bengal forecast Wednesday In India and Bangladesh, millions of people are trapped in […]
“An Associated Press review of those states found that at least 10 states also share the names of everyone who tests positive.” A review by the Associated Press found that public health officials “in at least two-thirds of U.S. states” are sharing the addresses of people who confirmed to have the coronavirus with first responders. […]
Firing up the engines each morning and attacking the day with gusto and purpose can feel like a mighty tall order sometimes. We’ve all been there. But on those sluggish, why-don’t-I-just-stay-here-in-bed-all-day kinda days, it might just take a rational, calming, reassuring nudge to make it happen. No matter what it takes to keep you motivated […]
You may not realize it, but one of the fastest-growing employee benefits over the past several years is one that’s keeping thousands of workers feeling happier and healthier. Back in 2013, only 13 percent of employers were willing to provide or subsidize standing desks for their workers, but by 2019, that number had exploded to […]
First, they were all about serving a protective necessary function. But now, about 10 weeks after the explosion of the COVID-19 outbreak, face masks are beginning to serve a different role. Just like all the fashion accessories that came before them, face masks are now showing off a little piece of ourselves to the everyday […]