Facebook updates ‘friends’ icon to reflect gender equality

Facebook updates ‘friends’ icon to reflect gender equality

Facebook’s 1.4 billion active users may need to strain their eyes to see the social network’s subtle new design change.

But in terms of gender equality, Facebook’s new look is making a big statement.

The “Friends” icon, in the upper right corner of the page, has long featured a male silhouette in front of a smaller female one. The new icon now shows the woman in front of the man, and the two silhouettes are the same size. Similarly, the new “Groups” icon now depicts a woman between two men. Before, a man was in the center, between another man and a woman.

Facebook design manager Caitlin Winner revealed the changes in a Medium post. She wrote that she noticed gender discrepancies in the “glyph kit” when saw that the male icon was symmetrical but the woman had a chip in her shoulder. The chip was the spot where the man was placed in front of the woman in the “Friends” icon.

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