Symbolic

Facebook update puts feminist spin on icons

Facebook/Caitlin Winner

Facebook’s newest software update features a minor redesign of the illustrations, which put women first. The current ‘friends’ symbol shows the silhouette of a man in front of a woman and the ‘groups’ symbol is a man backed up by two women. In the redesign, the ‘friends’ icon is now a female silhouette slightly in front of a male silhouette with the two figures somewhat equal in size. In addition, the ‘groups’ icon is now a woman with two men behind her. Caitlin Winner, the illustrator said, “It was hard not to read into the symbolism of the current icon; the woman was quite literally in the shadow of the man.” Facebook takes careful consideration over all of its icons; for example, last year the globe icon was updated to focus on Europe and Asia depending on the country the user is in. The new silhouettes will appear on the website soon, but have already started to show up on various Facebook products.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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