Snapchat & Instagram remove Giphy feature over racist gif

  • Snapchat & Instagram remove Giphy feature over racist gif

Snapchat & Instagram remove Giphy feature over racist gif

Both social media platforms removed their Giphy integrations after learning of the issue, TechCrunch reported Friday.

Snapchat confirmed to TechCrunch that the feature, which was discovered by prominent Snapchatter Matt Rappaport, is being tested but has not been rolled out yet to all users.

A similar racist GIF was spotted in Facebook-owned Instagram too. The offensive content in it includes a monkey cranking a machine which says "N***** Crime Death Counter", with an announcer saying "Keep Cranking Bonzo, the Numbers Just Keep on Climbing!" But now Snapchat tells me "We've disabled [the feature] while we wait for Giphy's team to take a look at it".

A spokesperson for Giphy has responded to claims that a racist GIF was found within Snapchat and Instagram's search function. Twitter user @LyaunaAugmon captured a screenshot of the GIF as it appeared on Instagram, writing: "This blatant RACISM @instagram @kevin is unacceptable".

"We are very sorry".

Giphy has not yet responded to our request for comment.

According to the TechCrunch report, this isn't the first time Snapchat has been accused of having racist content. The slip-up could deter Snapchat from working more with outside developers, which it's only recently allowed to bring content into its app via its Lens Studio and the Giphy integration. While this may come as a disappointment to GIF lovers, don't you forget GIFs are active on Instagram's parent company, Facebook.

Among the most egregious examples of this occurred when Instagram co-opted Snapchat's self-destructing video messages under a new name, "Instagram Stories", in November 2016.