"A user discovered an offensive GIF sticker in our library, and we immediately removed it per our content guidelines".
Instagram and Snapchat users will be temporarily unable to embed GIFs into their stories after a racist GIF was discovered in the library last weekend, according to TechCrunch. Giphy, for those who don't know, is a wide library of GIFs for different occasions.
William Parkes, 21, from Birmingham came across the vile graphic on Snapchat, which featured the text: "N***** crime death counter".
It included a monkey and a man with a microphone with the speech bubble: "Keep cranking Bonzo, the numbers just keep on climbing".
"We have removed GIPHY from our application until we can be assured that this will never happen again", a Snapchat spokesperson told The Sun. The reaction was immediate: both apps disabled GIPHY.
Snapchat said all GIFs must be "rated PG", meaning they should be suitable for 13-year-olds and above.More news: Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) Stock Rating Upgraded by BidaskClub
It turns out that the GIF's weren't pulled because Instagram and Snapchat want to make us suffer through their awful updates more than we already are.
Below is the GIF in question. The company said it would manually search its database of looped images to find and remove similar offensive content.
What Does Giphy Have To Say?The new Giphy GIF feature was recently integrated on both the platforms due to its popularity.
Since the issue, Giphy has responded to the matter saying they have fixed the bug that made the GIF appear. Both allow users of either app to place various stickers on photos and videos within stories.
Snapchat first confirmed the decision to pull support for GIPHY. Back in 2016 it was heavily criticized for creating an Asian "yellowface" stereotype augmented reality lens that gave people slanted eyes.
Overall, this is an embarrassing incident for all companies involved, especially for Giphy, which most likely should be looking into introducing stricter filter controls to prevent racist and hateful content from entering its indexing algorithm.