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Instagram, Snapchat remove Giphy support over racist GIF

Instagram and Snapchat have temporarily removed Giphy GIF sticker features.

tech Updated: Mar 10, 2018 19:39 IST
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Snapchat, Instagram remove Giphy due to racial slur GIF(Reuters)

Popular photo and video sharing apps, Instagram and Snapchat have temporarily removed their Giphy GIF sticker features, after users saw an extremely racist GIF as an option to add to their images.

“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,” TechCrunch quoted a Snapchat spokesperson as saying.

The same racist GIF was spotted on Instagram as well, indicating that Giphy is at fault here. “This type of content has no place on Instagram. We have stopped our integration with Giphy as they investigate the issue,” Instagram said.

The GIF included disturbing text including a racial slur.

It reportedly read “N-- Crime Death Counter - Keep Cranking Bonzo, the Numbers Just Keep on Climbing!,” according to TechCrunch. The website had blurred out some of the parts of the content.

“We are very sorry. This GIF should have never appeared in Snapchat. Our team has worked with Giphy to have the GIF removed and it should no longer appear,” a Snap Inc. spokesperson was quoted as saying by Inverse late on Friday.

“We are in the process of removing Giphy from our application until we can be assured that this will never happen again,” the spokesperson added.

A 21-year-old Snapchat user from England first spotted the racist animation in the library.

The GIF “appears to suggest that millions of deaths are caused by black people committing crimes with a number counter continually rising”.

A similar racist GIF was spotted in Facebook-owned Instagram indicating that Giphy is at fault, according to TechCrunch.

“This type of content has no place on Instagram. We have stopped our integration with Giphy as they investigate the issue,” an Instagram spokesperson was quoted as saying by TechCrunch.

Both Snapchat and Instagram had introduced the feature in February that allows users to include GIFs from the media repository Giphy in their snaps and “Stories”.

(with inputs from IANS)

First Published: Mar 10, 2018 19:37 IST