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May 1 2014   12:20PM GMT

Skype removes offensive emoticons

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Skype has removed a selection of its emoticons for fear that they had the “potential to offend some users.”

Icons including a “smiley” faces showing the middle finger as well as emoticons (wtf) and (fubar) have been removed by Microsoft.

The one which confuses me is a pair of women’s legs walking in high heels? Is Microsoft suddenly becoming feminist?

But the answer came in Skype’s replacement emoticons which it has introduced recently. One in particular (shielddeflect) depicts Captain America and his shield which has clearly just rescued the damsel in distress from the perving eyes of the internet. 

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