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Google removes egg from salad emoji to make it inclusive to vegans, the internet reacts

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Google’s salad emoji is now egg-free, and more inclusive for vegans. 

This is according to Google UX Manager at Expression design team Jennifer Daniel, who tweeted about the change Wednesday, but likely didn’t expect the amount of attention she got.  

“There’s big talk about inclusion and diversity at Google so if you need any evidence of Google is making this priority may I direct your attention to the  🥗 emoji— we’ve removed the egg in Android P beta 2, making this a more inclusive vegan salad,” Daniel wrote. 

The tweet was accompanied by an image of said salad emoji, which consisted of lettuce, tomatoes and egg before, but now the egg is gone. 

The tweet has gotten more than 2,000 likes and more than 2,300 comments, ranging from praise…

 …to ridicule… 

…to puns…

….to (what else) memes. 

In a later tweet, Daniel clarified the decision to change the emoji. 

“Hello carnivores, vegans and everyone in between! Just want to clarify that the goal of salad emoji redesign was to create an image more faithful to unicode’s description. ‘A bowl of healthy salad, containing lettuce, tomato, and other salad items such as cucumber.’ Bon appetite,” she wrote

As several commenters to that tweet noticed, the new emoji does not seem to contain any cucumbers. We’ll be watching closely for any salad emoji developments. 

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