Instagram & Snapchat remove Giphy integration due to sticker w/ racial slur

12 March, 2018, 15:31 | Author: Sammy Rose
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However, both Instagram and Snapchat have pulled Giphy integration from their apps after an extremely racist GIF was discovered in Giphy's library. As first reported by TechCrunch, however, both social networks have now removed that integration due to a GIF with a racial slur...

A source tells TechCrunch the same racist GIF was spotted in Instagram as well, indicating that Giphy is at fault.

The GIF is no longer available on Instagram.

Giphy also appears to have removed the GIF. A spokesperson of Instagram has confirmed about this update and assured that there is no place for this sort of content on Instagram.

In a statement to TechCrunch, both companies confirmed that integration with Giphy would be halted while it investigated how the offensive GIF sneaked through their filters. However, it may take some time to reflect on all the users.

Reportedly, the Snapchat spokesperson says that all GIFs in Snapchat are meant to be "rated PG", meaning they're mostly suitable for the 13-and-up teens that are technically allowed on Snapchat. This GIF should have never appeared in Snapchat.

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"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."

After the issue escalated and Snapchat removed the option from its platform, a spokesperson from the company said: "We are very sorry". The company explained that the gif was available in the library because of a bug which enabled it to dodge content moderation filters.

Snapchat launched Giphy integration on Feb 20 to allow users to add moving images, curated as safe by the Giphy team, to their photos and videos.

Did you wake up today to find you're the cute GIF stickers gone from Instagram or Snapchat? The racist GIF was first spotted by users on Snapchat. Back in 2016 it was heavily criticized for creating an Asian "yellowface" stereotype augmented reality lens that gave people slanted eyes. This slip-up may control Snapchat for working with reputed outside developers.

Other Facebook-owned platforms such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are also supplied with GIFs by the same online database. Instagram introduced the feature in January while Snapchat followed the suit in February.


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