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Snapchat, Instagram remove Giphy integration due to racist GIF

Snapchat, Instagram remove Giphy integration due to racist GIF

"As soon as we were made aware, we removed the GIF and have disabled Giphy until we can be sure that this won't happen again. while we wait for Giphy's team to take a look at it."

Giphy also issued a statement, informing digital outlet The Verge that the offensive sticker was available due to a bug in its content moderation filters, adding that it's fixed the bug and has re-moderated all of the GIFs in its extensive library. The company confirms the change has been made but might take some time to propagate to all users.

A spokesperson for Instagram confirmed: "This type of content has no place on Instagram".

Here's why Giphy no longer works in Snapchat's and Instagram's stories. "We have stopped our integration with Giphy as they investigate the issue".

The GIF includes disturbing text including a racial slur, which TechCrunch has blurred out below.

Giphy has officially apologized for the error and has taken the blame upon itself.




A 21-year-old Snapchat user from England first spotted the racist animation in the library. However, things can slip as Giphy operates like search engine in which one the web's top GIFs get indexed.

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

Snapchat only recently integrated support for GIPHY in late February, enabling users to jazz-up their photos and videos with moving images curated by the team at GIPHY. In 2016, it faced tremendous criticism for creating Asian yellow face. Snapchat risks an unsavory reputation if it can't keep its content under control. While tons of users on both Snapchat and Instagram have not been impressed with the feature being pulled from both platforms, the reason behind the sudden discontinuation makes sense.

Only teenagers over the age of 13 are allowed to hold an account with Snapchat.

The incident is embarrassing for Instagram's parent company Facebook.

It should be noted that Giphy also powers GIFs on other Facebook-owned platforms namely WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger as well. It has also revealed that it was a bug that went unnoticed and allowed that particular GIF to appear on Snapchat and Instagram.


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