A racist GIF lead to the removal of the Giphy feature from Snapchat and Instagram.
(CCM) — Popular social media apps Snapchat and Instagram have decided to temporarily remove the Giphy GIF stickers feature on their platforms over racist GIF content. The Giphy feature on both platforms allowed users to include GIFs from Giphy's media library in their posts such as Snaps and Stories.
The offending GIF, first spotted by a 21-year-old Snapchat user from England, seemingly suggests that millions of deaths are caused by Black people. A similar GIF from Giphy was also spotted on the Facebook-owned platform Instagram, implying that it is an issue at the source of the content.
After the issue escalated and Snapchat removed the option from its platform, a spokesperson from the company said: "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." Instagram's spokesperson added: "This type of content has no place on Instagram. We have stopped our integration with Giphy as they investigate the issue."
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