72 new emojis unveiled for smartphones

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You will soon be able to express yourself online even more with the 72 new emoji characters. (CCG)

A face representing "rolling on the floor laughing" and a hand taking a selfie are among 72 new emojis that will soon make their way to your smartphone.

The California-based Unicode Consortium, which controls emoji standards, has released a list of the new characters.

Other highlights include emojis representing a pregnant woman and Mrs. Claus.

One proposed emoji that didn't make the cut is that of a rifle.

The weapon was proposed as part of a group of emojis representing Olympic sports ahead of the upcoming Games.

Buzzfeed News reports that both Apple and Microsoft argued against including the rifle.

Neither company immediately responded to a request for comment.

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