Snapchat has temporarily removed its Giphy GIF sticker feature after a user saw an extremely racist GIF as an option. Snapchat says “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.”
The spokesperson says that all GIFs in Snapchat are meant to be “rated PG,”. This means they’re mostly suitable for the 13-and-up teens that are technically allowed on Snapchat. But now Snapchat tells me “We’ve disabled [the feature] while we wait for Giphy’s team to take a look at it.”
The GIF includes disturbing text including a racial slur, which has been blurred out below. It reads “N—– Crime Death Counter – Keep Cranking Bonzo, the Numbers Just Keep on Climbing!”. Below is a screenshot of the GIF.
Snapchat removes Giphy due to racial slur GIF
Snapchat’s official statement is “We have removed GIPHY from our application until we can be assured that this will never happen again” . A Snapchat spokesperson tells that the company is very sorry. 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.
A 21-year-old Snapchat user from England first spotted the racist animation in the library. The GIF “appears to suggest that millions of deaths are caused by black people committing crimes with a number counter continually rising“. A similar racist GIF was spotted in Facebook-owned Instagram indicating that Giphy is at fault.
Both Snapchat and Instagram had introduced the feature in February that allows users to include GIFs from the media repository Giphy in their snaps and “Stories”.