Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
IT&Software | By Alfonso Woods

Instagram and Snapchat Suspends Giphy Integration after Alleged Racial Slur

Instagram and Snapchat Suspends Giphy Integration after Alleged Racial Slur

Instagram and Snapchat recently introduced the beloved Giphy feature that added GIF's to your story updates, bringing your stories to life even more.

"We are very sorry". It has also revealed that it was a bug that went unnoticed and allowed that particular GIF to appear on Snapchat and Instagram. It GIF was appearing under the search of "crime".

The GIF is no longer available on Instagram. It could take some time for your smartphone app to update to reflect the changes.

'We have removed GIPHY from our application until we can be assured that this will never happen again, ' Snapchat said.

In separate statements, both Instagram and Snapchat revealed that they had temporarily halted the integration of the GIF library with their respective platforms, while GIPHY looks into it. This step has been taken after the users experienced extremely racist GIF there.

It included a monkey and a man with a microphone with the speech bubble: "Keep cranking Bonzo, the numbers just keep on climbing".

We've reached out to Giphy for comment but haven't heard back.

Snapchat first confirmed the decision to pull support for GIPHY. The Giphy community guidelines prohibit this kind of objectionable content in the first place, but since it works like a search engine that indexes the top GIFs on the web, things can slip through. TechCrunch broke the news on Instagram building a similar Giphy integration in late January, which launched a week later. In 2016, it faced tremendous criticism for creating Asian yellow face. This slip-up may control Snapchat for working with reputed outside developers.

Instagram then issued a statement saying that "this type of content has no place on Instagram".

Social network Instagram and Snapchat made a decision to abandon the integration with the service the. gif animations on Giphy a little more than a month after launch.

This incident is tremendously embarrassing for not only Snapchat and Instagram, but also Facebook, the parent company of Instagram. Facebook a year ago released the Messenger Kids app that includes a Giphy integration for kid-friendly imagery.

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