The social network might soon insert a picture of you when you send an emoji

A recent patent awarded to Facebook on May 3 outlines a process for users to reprogram simple emoticons into pictures of themselves as emoji. If people can represent emojis with their own face, it could open up walls of texts and pictures into a more personalized and intimate dialogue.

Since Facebook has already been experimenting with machine learning to recognize faces in photos without the need for users to tag each other (or themselves), perhaps it might even be possible to automate the switch from everyone’s favorite yellow face to one's own face.

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