[Ed. – We sure feel safer!]
Twitter has finally killed off the pistol emoji, following the lead of fellow tech giants such as Apple, Samsung and WhatsApp.
Instead, the icon has been replaced with a cartoon water pistol, which is designed to look less threatening — but some users are furious about the decision.
These new changes are part of Twitter’s latest Twemoji 2.6 update.
The social network regularly adds, removes and changes emojis — and the pistol ban is arguably long overdue.
Twitter’s original emoji design for the pistol looked clearly like a revolver, with a brown stock, a short barrel and an obvious revolving cylinder for bullets.
But the new version is green and clearly looks like a water pistol.
Obvious defining features on the new emoji include a fun curved shape, an orange tip and a plasticky yellow trigger.
The change is likely a bid to help clean up Twitter’s reputation online.
Twitter has been struggling to get to grips with trolling, bullying, harassment and threats of violence on the platform.