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In just two decades, emoji has become ‘the fastest growing language in history’. But are there more complex implications to their popularity? With more than 92% of internet users now using emojis, and billions used every day, do the simple digital pictograms have wider implications for society, relationships and even the way we're hardwired?
Emojis are now so ingrained in our communication, that they affect everything from the governance of society to global business strategies.
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Emojis have established a new axis of power.

Emojis are made 'official' by being established within the Unicode. This is decided by the Unicode Consortium, a powerful committee made up of a small group of the world's most powerful tech companies.

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[P1] Emojis are made 'official' by the Unicode Consortium [P2] The Unicode Consortium is made up of an elite group made up of the world's most powerful organisations [P3] Almost 100% of all internet users communicate with emojis [P4] The world's most powerful companies exert control over the way individuals all over the world communicate with each other

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[Rejecting P4] Emojis are regulated, but so is language. Having 'official' emojis is necessary for standardising this form of communication.

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