Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

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

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

Instagram and Snapchat have chose to halt their integration with Giphy, which allowed users to add animated GIFs to stories.

In conversation with TechCrunch, a Snapchat spokesperson stated that the company is very sorry.

GIFs have become a method of communication in themselves - so when Instagram rolled out a GIF feature to accessorise our Insta Stories, we were pretty delighted.

According to The Verge, the removal was done following a complaint by a user who found an insensitive and racist GIF after searching for the word "crime". A tweet by Lyauna Augmon shows the GIF being used within Instagram. The company confirms the change has been made but might take some time to propagate to all users.

While we have to do without the interactive stickers, for now, we're sure they'll be making a return once GIPHY get's their system back in order, until now we'll just have to deal with what we've got! It reads "N-- Crime Death Counter - Keep Cranking Bonzo, the Numbers Just Keep on Climbing!"

GIPHY has also responded, taking full "full responsibility" for the GIF.

Snapchat only launched the Giphy integration on February 20th so people could jazz up their photos and videos with moving images curated as safe by the Giphy team. This type of content has no place on Instagram.

The statement adds, "After investigation of the incident, this sticker was available due to a bug in our content moderation filters specifically affecting GIF stickers".

Since the issue, Giphy has responded to the matter saying they have fixed the bug that made the GIF appear.

Since the GIF is available on both Instagram and Snapchat, it is Giphy that is at fault for this particular issue.

'The GIPHY staff is reviewing every GIF sticker by hand and should be finished shortly, ' a spokesperson said.

The slip-up is embracing for Instagram's parent company, Facebook.

GIPHY is the leading platform for hosting GIFs and also has its own GIF keyboard for iOS. Facebook previous year released the Messenger Kids app that includes a Giphy integration for kid-friendly imagery.

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