Instagram and Snapchat Remove Their GIPHY Feature, Here's Why

BY ASIA RIDDICK

You may have noticed that the GIPHY option on Instagram and Snapchat are no longer available, this isn't due to a glitch in either app but, a discovery that uncovered a very racist GIF when typing the word "crime" in the search feature of both apps.

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In an official statement, Snapchat reports they "...have removed GIPHY from [their] application until [they] can be assured that this will never happen again." 

Image Source, Censored Version via TechCrunch

Image Source, Censored Version via TechCrunch

In a statement to TechCrunch GIPHY apologizes for the offensive GIF with the following:

"A user discovered an offensive GIF sticker in our library, and we immediately removed it per our content guidelines. After investigation of the incident, this sticker was available due to a bug in our content moderation filters specifically affecting GIF stickers. We have fixed the bug and have re-moderated all of the GIF stickers in our library. The GIPHY staff is also further reviewing every GIF sticker by hand and should be finished shortly. We take full responsibility for these recent events and sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended."

Both Instagram and Snapchat will not be re-enabling their GIF feature until further notice.