Apple stops suggesting 'woozy face' emoji when typing the word 'stammering'

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What you need to know

  • Apple has removed the link between the 'woozy face' emoji and the word 'stammering.'
  • STAMMA, the UK's national charity for stammering or stuttering, announced the change.

STAMMA, the United Kingdom's national charity for stammering or stuttering, has announced a win for accessibility when it comes to the linkage between words and emojis.

The organization has announced that Apple has removed the link between the 'Woozy Face' emoji and the word 'stammering' in the latest update to iOS.

WE DID IT!Our statement on 'woozy face' emoji below: @Apple unacceptably prompted this Woozy faceemoji when typing in stammering, in all languages.We invite @Apple and companies who a working to create an inclusive space to do better.'Thank you all who helped stop this.

According to STAMMA, the British Stammering Association, the 'Woozy Face' emoji was suggested to users whenever the word 'stammering' was typed into the iPhone's keyboard.

We are delighted that Apple has issued an iOS update to remove the link which prompted a 'woozy face' emoji when the word stammering was typed.This happened in every language - affecting millions of people across the globe. It was demeaning and unacceptable.Apple has not issued an apology, nor responded to our correspondence. Nevertheless we welcome this response.

Apple began suggesting emojis based on keywords a few years back, and the feature has certainly been handy. However, this is obviously not an acceptable use of the feature and it is good that Apple has removed the connection. It's unclear if Apple purposefully made the link and did not realize the issue at the time or if there was some kind of third party of even artificial intelligence involved as far as choosing which words get linked to what emojis.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.