Tinder’s proposal for interracial couple emojis to be created has officially passed the first round of voting.
At the start of this year, Tinder committed to making the new emojis available as standard. The “Interracial Couple Emoji Project” was launched six months ago, and the online petition has since collected over 50,000 signatures.
The procedure for creating and releasing new emojis is a long one, and could take up to two years, but Tinder’s campaign is moving in the right direction.
The Unicode Consortium, which is the official governing body for approving emojis, is set to review the proposal in January 2019. This is the final step in the process.
A Tinder spokesperson said to EliteDaily: “We want to foster an inclusive and diverse community of people on our platform that supports each other, no matter what our similarities or differences are.
“If implemented, the new emojis will comprise five skin tone options for both mixed-gender and same-gender couples.”
Tinder has reported that there was a significant increase in the number of interracial marriages in 2014, two years after it was launched.
The dating app also released a study about attitudes toward interracial dating in February. It found that its users tended to be more open-minded than average.
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