You can’t use the Taiwan flag emoji on a Chinese iPhone

In China, sometimes everything is political—even an emoji.

Emojipedia, a reference website that tracks the use and evolution of emoji, notes iOS users in China aren’t shown the emoji for Taiwan’s flag on Apple’s default keyboard. Usually the flag appears after Denmark’s in iOS. But within mainland China, it’s completely absent.

The iOS emoji keyboard doesn't show the Taiwan flag at all if the region is set to China. The character presents as a missing character (☒) when...


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