Snapchat and Instagram drop Giphy for suggesting racist GIF

Snapchat and Instagram drop Giphy for suggesting racist GIF
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Giphy is in hot water with Snapchat and Instagram after people spotted a racist and hateful GIF when searching for GIFs to use on the platforms.

Both social media platforms removed their Giphy integrations after learning of the issue, TechCrunch reported Friday. The offending GIF appears to have been removed by Giphy, but Instagram and Snapchat have yet to bring back their Giphy features.

The GIF in question makes an offensive statement about race-based crimes, and it prominently features the N-word. There’s nothing questionable about its intent; it is overtly racist.

Twitter user Lyauna Augmon said she searched “crime” in Instagram’s Giphy feature and the above GIF came up as a suggestion. The same GIF also appeared as a suggestion in Snapchat’s Giphy feature.

In a statement to TechCrunch, Snapchat said it removed Giphy after it heard about the problem. 

“As soon as we were made aware, we removed the GIF and have disabled Giphy until we can be sure that this won’t happen again … while we wait for Giphy’s team to take a look at it,” Snapchat said.

Instagram similarly disabled Giphy after hearing about the hateful GIF.

“This type of content has no place on Instagram,” Instagram told TechCrunch. “We have stopped our integration with Giphy as they investigate the issue.”

Giphy has not yet responded to our request for comment.

Giphy is a very new addition to both social media platforms. Instagram added the feature in January and Snapchat only just partnered with Giphy in February, so in the latter case it wasn’t even available for a full month before it was disabled.

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