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Instagram and Snapchat removed Giphy Integration as many users Found racist GIFs

Instagram and Snapchat removed Giphy Integration as many users Found racist GIFs

No word yet on whether the GIF function will return to Snapchat and Instagram as both social media platforms have said that they have temporarily halted the feature while they wait for Giphy to sort it out.

We tried searching for GIFs on Snapchat and Instagram and the feature is not available for the moment. It has also revealed that it was a bug that went unnoticed and allowed that particular GIF to appear on Snapchat and Instagram.

"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".

The GIF is no longer available on Instagram. However, it may take some time to reflect on all the users. "We have stopped our integration with Giphy as they investigate the issue".

The racist GIF which caused offence portrayed a "n***** death counter" alongside disturbing imagery of a game show host encouraging the number to increase.

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

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Snapchat only launched the Giphy integration on February 20th so people could jazz up their photos and videos with moving images curated as safe by the Giphy team. "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", added the report.

Since the issue, Giphy has responded to the matter saying they have fixed the bug that made the GIF appear. However, a bug in the platform's content moderation filters, allowed for the offensive GIF to become available.

GIPHY is the leading platform for hosting GIFs and also has its own GIF keyboard for iOS.

'The GIPHY staff is reviewing every GIF sticker by hand and should be finished shortly, ' a spokesperson said.

"We take full responsibility for these recent events and sincerely apologise to anyone who was offended".

This incident is tremendously embarrassing for not only Snapchat and Instagram, but also Facebook, the parent company of Instagram.