Facebook Makes a Move Toward Gender Equality

Jul 9, 2015  •  Post A Comment

Facebook has made a change that is seen as a move toward gender equality. The change concerns the site’s small “friends” icon, MSNBC reports.

“Perhaps you never noticed that it’s a woman standing behind and in the shadow of a man — or perhaps you did, and wondered why it shouldn’t be the other way around, or any other way,” the story reports. “Facebook designer Caitlin Winner wondered the same thing, but since she was in a position to change things, she decided to give it a shot.”

Winner reportedly tweaked the design, coming up with a new one that features a more detailed version of the female figure and more parity between the two figures. The new graphic has reportedly made its way to apps and interfaces throughout the Facebook universe.

A change was also reportedly made to the small “notifications” icon, adding continents other than the Americas.

facebook friends icon-old-left-and newFacebook’s old “friends” icon, left, and the new version

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