Instagram and Snapchat have dropped support for GIPHY Stickers

Olive Hawkins
March 12, 2018

Popular instant-messaging application Snapchat and photo-sharing platform Instagram have both suspended its Giphy GIF stickers after some users reported that there is a racial slur GIF image that can hurt user sentiments.

Under the name of "Nigger Crime Death Counter" a monkey is cracking the death counter while a white man is prompting the "bonzo" to keep an eye on the numbers.

Instagram followed suit after Twitter user Lyauna Augmon posted a screenshot of the sick image and tagged Instagram founder Kevin Systrom. While tons of users on both Snapchat and Instagram have not been impressed with the feature being pulled from both platforms, the reason behind the sudden discontinuation makes sense. Now both apps have disabled it.

Giphy also issued a statement, informing digital outlet The Verge that the offensive sticker was available due to a bug in its content moderation filters, adding that it's fixed the bug and has re-moderated all of the GIFs in its extensive library. Instagram's spokesperson added: "This type of content has no place on Instagram. We have stopped our integration with Giphy as they investigate the issue". This step has been taken after the users experienced extremely racist GIF there.

'I'm about ready to just delete Snapchat and call it quits'.

The GIF is no longer available on Instagram.

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As for its role in this situation, Giphy said that it immediately removed the GIF in question after its discovery, saying it violated its content guidelines. The GIF would appear under search for the word crime on the Giphy platform.

The Giphy community guidelines prohibited such objectionable content, but as it worked like a search engine that indexed the top GIFs on the internet, unsavoury content occasionally slipped through. The company confirms the change has been made but might take some time to propagate to all users. The GIPHY staff is also further reviewing every GIF sticker by hand and should be finished shortly.

Giphy took "full responsibility" for the accident and apologized "sincerely" to all the people who took offense.

We've reached out to Instagram and will update this article when we hear back.

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

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