Snapchat and Instagram pull Giphy integration because of racist GIF

Snapchat and Instagram pull Giphy integration because of racist GIF

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

"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", a spokesperson for Snapchat told the outlet. The extremely racist image features a white man telling a monkey to "keep cranking a n***er crime death counter".

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.

The Snapchat spokesperson says that all GIFs in Snapchat are meant to be "rated PG", meaning they're mostly suitable for the 13-and-up teens that are technically allowed on Snapchat.

SNAPCHAT is testing a hot new feature that Instagram users will already be familiar with. Giphy, however, has not yet responded to TechCrunch's request for comment.

A 21-year-old Snapchat user from England first spotted the racist animation in the library. While this may come as a disappointment to GIF lovers, don't you forget GIFs are active on Instagram's parent company, Facebook. The image messaging app faced heavy criticism in 2016 for creating an Asian "yellowface" stereotype augmented reality lens which gave people slanted eyes.

It's similar to the feature available on iPhones to mute notifications from everyone, although the function on Snapchat is a little bit more complicated to turn on.

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