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Jeremy Burge
Macs bought in China can no longer display the 🇹🇼 Taiwan Flag Emoji, no matter which region is set in System Prefs
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Jeremy Burge 27 Mar 19
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Until now, setting the region of any Mac or iOS device to China would prevent the 🇹🇼 emoji from showing. Here's how that looks on a Mac:
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Jeremy Burge 27 Mar 19
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Since at least 2017, iOS devices bought in China (i.e. Chinese model iPhones) have also been prevented from showing the 🇹🇼 flag, no matter the region. That hardware restriction is what's new on the Mac. A subtle difference, but something to keep in mind when purchasing
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Jeremy Burge 27 Mar 19
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Link for context, on the iOS limits on showing this emoji in China. AFAIK it's the only Apple emoji restricted by model of iPhone or region setting
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Jeremy Burge 27 Mar 19
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Worth noting that Microsoft gets around the whole flag issue by...simply not rendering ~any~ country flags in Windows
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Jeremy Burge 27 Mar 19
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I'm not sure I can blame Apple for capitulating on the display of a flag emoji. We want companies like Apple + Google + Microsoft to exist, providing operating systems we use and (mostly) trust. If Apple were banned in China, would that be good for the rest of us, or the world?
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Jeremy Burge 27 Mar 19
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If you're new to the China/ Taiwan issue, Google is your friend, but just to note this is not an isolated case of one emoji being removed. China has only been increasing efforts to ensure Taiwan is seen as just another region of China, and pressuring companies is a key method
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Jeremy Burge 27 Mar 19
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Airlines are a big part of China's Taiwan branding push. Pressuring companies to change the way Taiwan is referred to. Not just Chinese airlines, all global airlines
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Jeremy Burge 27 Mar 19
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This was a clever attempt to achieve similar results: Instead of listing "Beijing, China" and "Taipei, Taiwan", just removing all references to countries and listing cities only
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Jeremy Burge 27 Mar 19
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Jeremy Burge 27 Mar 19
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Here's a related case of an airline switching Hong Kong's flag out for China on the web. No one would assume this is clearer way to identify HK, yet here we are (Swiss have since removed all flags, to avoid the issue)
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Jeremy Burge 27 Mar 19
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Suffice to say, I've not seen public demands from China that the Taiwan Flag emoji be restricted on major operating systems, but I'd have little doubt there has been communications made clear. It's a tough position for any global business, even one the size of Apple.
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Jeremy Burge 28 Mar 19
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TL;DR: 🇨🇳🗣✈️ "it'd be an awful shame if you couldn't fly here, just because of a destination name" 🇨🇳🗣💻 "it'd be an awful shame if you couldn't sell devices here, just because of an emoji"
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Jeremy Burge 29 Mar 19
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Update: Looks like this could be getting set based on the first region setup on a Mac. i.e. if first setup as China, the 🇹🇼 might not be showing for you, even if region is later changed. Can be fixed in software.
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Jeremy Burge 29 Mar 19
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(when the region is set to China on a Mac or iPhone, the 🇹🇼 Taiwan flag is still banned, but that’s considerably preferable to hardware-origin restriction)
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