Giphy GIF sticker features have been temporarily removed from Instagram and Snapchat, that because users recognise a racist GIF as an option to add to their photographs. The action is spotted out when a Twitter user posted a screenshot with the offensive image, tagged to the Instagram founder Kevin Systrom and demanding that it be taken down. The GIF is rapidly appearing if someone searching for the word Crime.
A Giphy spokesperson said that they removed the GIF after it was discovered. But the users aren’t allowed to post content that is abusive, obscene, offensive, or vulgar. They said, “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“.
A Snapchat user from England first spotted the racist animation in the library as "The GIF appears to suggest that millions of deaths are caused by black people committing crimes with a number counter continually rising". After noticing the report, Snapchat said that it removed the GIF and temporarily halted its integration with Giphy.
A Instagram spokesperson was quoted, "This type of content has no place on Instagram. We have stopped our integration with Giphy as they investigate the issue. We wait for Giphy’s team to take a look at it”.