Facebook Tweaks ‘Friends Icon’ Consistent With Gender Equality Advocacy

Facebook Tweaks ‘Friends Icon’ Consistent With Gender Equality Advocacy
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When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to allow same-sex marriage throughout 50 states, social media is the first to celebrate such landmark decision. Consistent with the advocacy supporting gender equality, Facebook has launched an additional feature to the “friends’ icon,” which now displays a woman’s silhouette on the front.


And unlike the old icon, the new silhouettes feature similar sizes for both genders. A similar thing can be said of the “groups’ icon” which shows the female silhouette between two men. Before the update, the man was centered between a man and a woman.

In a post from Medium, Caitlin Winner, design manager for Facebook, wrote she discovered something in the social media’s glyph kit.

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“There in the middle of the photoshop file were two vectors that represented people. The iconic man was symmetrical,” Winner wrote and compared that “the lady had a chip in her shoulder.”

Though there were no ill intentions as to the position of a man being in front of a woman, Winner shared she was offended with the chip.

“The lady icon needed a shoulder, so I drew it in—and so began my many month descent into the rabbit hole of icon design,” Winner disclosed.

Fixing the shoulder subsequently led to other alterations such as settling for the woman’s shapely bob hair, man icon’s slightly sloped shoulder and smoothed hair. So too was the male icon which represented all friend’s requests that to Winner was neither fair nor accurate.

“So I drew a silhouette for cases where a gendered icon was inappropriate,” she quipped.

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The new designs were submitted and everyone else in Facebook responsible for effecting the changes gladly obliged, according to Winner.

Facebook has been a pioneer in technology innovations consistent with changes in culture, trends and current events. It has been instrumental in influencing lives of billions across the globe and empathetic with public sentiments, although on some aspects of its changes, not all is pleased.

Earlier, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook is undertaking another milestone by making telepathy possible through the use of technology. According to the Zuckerberg, communications are significant in human relations.