At some point while maniacally using the dozens of new emoji released for your iPhone yesterday, you may have been left scratching your head over a particularly strange character that looks like a speech bubble with an eye in it. Unlike the new middle finger or taco emoji, there was seemingly no clear explanation as to what the mysterious symbol means or what purpose it serves -- until now.
As Wired reports, the inclusion of the new emoji in iOS 9 is actually Apple's way of showing support for "I Am A Witness," a digital anti-bullying campaign launched Thursday by the Ad Council. Specifically, the campaign urges those who witness bullying to speak up and send victims kind messages along with using the emoji character.
“It’s a powerful symbol,” said Hanna Wittmark, art director at Silverstein & Partners Goodby, the ad agency behind the original eye-in-a-speech-bubble symbol. “It says ‘I see this, and I’m speaking up. I’m doing something about it.'”