Snapchat, Instagram remove Giphy integration due to racist GIF

Muriel Hammond
March 12, 2018

As a result of the animation's spread on Giphy, both Instagram and Snapchat have chosen to disable integration with the service - just weeks after adding it. But now Snapchat tells me "We've disabled [the feature] while we wait for Giphy's team to take a look at it".

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

It's unclear when the feature will roll out officially, but Snapchat confirmed to TechCrunch that 'we're testing this, ' without giving more details.

Unlike some other tagging features, typing an '@' sign will not prompt a dropdown menu of suggested usernames, so you'll need to remember how to spell someone's username correctly in order to tag them. This will reveal the mentioned user's profile information alongside an add button. With this new feature, Snap can help spark conversations that can lead to visual communication, which is what Snapchat is all about. Tagged users also won't know if you tag them in a Snap which, while isn't a big deal, may lead to a negative response from users who promote privacy on apps like these.

Upon asking for the same feature, Snapchat's officials have confirmed that they are now testing out this feature.

Instagram and Snapchat's recently introduced Gif feature that allowed users to include bitmap image format from the media repository in their snaps and stories has been temporarily removed by both the applications after users saw a racist GIF as an option to add to their images. They have denied on speaking more about this new feature on this app.

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