Skype Removes Offensive Emoticons
Published on: 30th Apr 2014
VoIP based calling and messaging service Skype has removed some of the messaging emoticons from the service after fears that they have the "potential to offend"
Some of the icons include a smiley face showing its middle finger and a woman's legs wearing high heels.
The changes happened more than a month ago, but appear to have only been noticed as forum users are complaining about the issue.
The removal of the avatar icons took place if a user upgraded their Skype software to version 6.14, which was released in February.
Some users also noted that a number of other icons, including a vomiting face and a 'mooning' man, have not been removed from the service.
Skype is owned by Microsoft.