Instagram & Snapchat's Giphy Feature Was Disabled After Racist GIF

Instagram & Snapchat's Giphy Feature Was Disabled After Racist GIF

Popular instant-messaging application Snapchat and photo-sharing platform Instagram have both suspended its Giphy GIF stickers after some users reported that there is a racial slur GIF image that can hurt user sentiments.

The move was rightfully made after a user typed in the word "crime" and a GIF with the N-word appeared with a monkey next to it.

For weeks we punctuated our night out snaps and selfies with animated emblems, but in recent days, Instagram users have complained that the GIF action no longer works on their phones. The GIF "appears to suggest that millions of deaths are caused by black people committing crimes with a number counter continually rising". The company confirms the change has been made but might take some time to propagate to all users. TechCrunch received a screenshot of the GIF on Snapchat from a reader.

"A user discovered an offensive GIF sticker in our library, and we immediately removed it per our content guidelines".

A spokesperson from Snapchat cleared the side by saying that the app is for teens aged 13+. However, things can slip as Giphy operates like search engine in which one the web's top GIFs get indexed.

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We've reached out to Instagram and will update this article when we hear back.

Snapchat first confirmed the decision to pull support for GIPHY. TechCrunch broke the news on Instagram building a similar Giphy integration in late January, which launched a week later. This slip-up may control Snapchat for working with reputed outside developers.

Social network Instagram and Snapchat chose to abandon the integration with the service the. gif animations on Giphy a little more than a month after launch.

The incident is embarrassing for Instagram's parent company Facebook. Facebook previous year released the Messenger Kids app that includes a Giphy integration for kid-friendly imagery.

Snapchat and Instagram will have to decide whether they want help from outsiders even if it can't guarantee the quality or safety of their content, or whether it will go it alone as they compete against each other.

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