Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Preston Stone

GIPHY removed from Snapchat and Instagram after racist GIF appears

GIPHY removed from Snapchat and Instagram after racist GIF appears

It is important to note that although Giphy itself restricts users from posting offensive content, the service's algorithm works like a search engine which indexes GIFs according to how frequently they are used. But as there is no dropdown menu for the moment, there isn't much help available if all you can remember is the other person's name rather than their Snapchat nickname, which could be completely different.

A source tells TechCrunch the same racist GIF was spotted in Instagram as well, indicating that Giphy is at fault.

Representatives for both Snapchat and Instagram confirmed to TechCrunch that they have removed their Giphy integration following knowledge of the racist GIF in question. The developments come after a 21-year-old Snapchat user from the United Kingdom notified the company of it. Also, whoever gets tagged will receive a notification, so nothing will remain unseen.

Facebook was one of the first to allow users to tag other accounts in photos uploaded to the site.

By adding the tag option to Stories, Snapchat seems to have been inspired by Instagram.

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Tapping on the username prompts a pop-up that will take them to that profile.

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Last month, the company added a "Tabs" feature to the app that separates Snaps into Group Chats and active Stories.

It comes after Snapchat completely overhauled the app's design last November, by separating the app between "social" and "media" in an effort to make the app more personalized and easy to use.

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