Emojis can have multiple meanings, says WhatsApp


WhatsApp used its Twitter handle to explain that emojis can have multiple meanings. Here’s everything you need to know.

Emojis are used by people to express their feelings and emotions without having to put them into words. Be it WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook or any other social media app or even normal texting, emojis can be used everywhere. The whole world celebrated World Emoji Day on Sunday, July 17. On occasion, WhatsApp has taken to its official Twitter account to inform that emojis can have multiple meanings. The messaging app also gave an example to explain the same. “Did you know that emojis can have several meanings? For example, for kamaʻāinas in Hawaii, the shaka 🤙 means friendship. It is a common sign in Brazilian jiu-jitsu 🤙 In China 🤙 means the number 6. And for surfers, 🤙 means hang ten,” WhatsApp’s tweet read.

The messaging platform further said, “Like the shaka, the emoji 🙏 is often used as a gesture of prayer, it also means thank you in Japanese culture 🙏 and can be used as a high-five 🙏.” While another tweet read: “Between the shaka 🤙 and the praying hands 🙏, emojis have different meanings in different cultures and we love to celebrate them! Happy #WorldEmojiDay 🎊💚. »

WhatsApp recently added emoji reactions to its app. However, what should be noted is that WhatsApp only provided 6 emojis which can be used to react to a message. The 6 emoticons include- Like, Love (red heart), Laugh, Surprised, Sad and Thank you. Informing of the reactions rollout, Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO of Meta, posted on Facebook: “Reactions on WhatsApp are starting to roll out today 👍❤️😂😮😢🙏.” Zuckerberg further informed that more expressions will be added soon.

How to delete a reaction

Step 1:

Long press on the message you reacted to or tap on the reaction.

2nd step:

Tap the emoji you reacted to to delete it.

How to react to a message on WhatsApp

1. WhatsApp users can react to messages sent in individual chat and group chat.

2. All you have to do is long press on a message bubble you want to react to.

3. You will see options of emojis you can send to react. You can react to a message by choosing one of the provided emojis.

4. WhatsApp users can also see who has reacted to any incoming and outgoing message by clicking on the reaction icon. You will receive a push notification whenever someone reacts to your messages.

It may be noted that only one reaction per message can be added and reactions to disappearing messages will disappear when the message disappears. Also, it is not possible to hide the reactions or the number of reactions.

Here’s how to change your reaction

1. Long press on a message you have reacted to.

2. Tap another emoji or tap to select another emoji on your keyboard.

How to delete a reaction

Step 1:

Long press on the message you reacted to or tap on the reaction.

2nd step:

Tap the emoji you reacted to to delete it.

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