Snapchat, Instagram remove Giphy integration due to racist GIF

  • Snapchat, Instagram remove Giphy integration due to racist GIF

Snapchat, Instagram remove Giphy integration due to racist GIF

In a statement issued to TechCrunch, the social network said: "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 group of unfortunate human employees have been given the unenviable task of sorting through every single GIF on the website Giphy after one image was found to be shockingly racist. However, it may take some time to reflect on all the users. This GIF should have never appeared in Snapchat. The GIF included a racial slur and a reader shared a screenshot with that problem.

Her search results showed something more than what she was expecting - one of the GIF had the words "N**** Crime Death Counter" with a monkey cranking the number counter while a guy with a microphone says, "Keep cranking bonzo, the numbers just keep on climbing!" But social media companies also somewhat rely on crowd-sourced policing of content, which means that offensive posts can get a lot of attention as users share them in expressing their outrage before they can be removed from the platform. The company has raised around US$ 150 Mn from the move but it remains as "pre-revenue".

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

A 21-year-old Snapchat user from England first spotted the racist animation in the library. In 2016, it faced tremendous criticism for creating Asian yellow face. Snapchat risks an unsavory reputation if it can't keep its content under control. "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.

Both Instagram and Snapchat have opted to disable integration with the service-just weeks after adding it.

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

The Californian social network recently launched a Facebook Messenger Kids app, targeted at young children.