Rifle Emoji Deleted After Pressure From Tech Companies

It was banished after Apple reportedly voiced concern.

— -- There's an emoji for almost everything now -- from robots to tacos to lollipops -- but the one emoji that recently got the cut: a rifle.

From there, Apple, Google and Microsoft, which oversee the three biggest mobile platforms, are free to put their own design touches on the emoji before deploying them to users, which accounts for the variations in emoji design.

While the rifle and pentathlon won't be shown as colorful emoji, Emojipedia reports the characters may still be encoded as pictographs due to their last minute removal from the update.