Instagram And Snapchat Disable GIF Feature After Users Spot Racist GIF

| March 11 , 2018 , 13:45 IST

Instagram and Snapchat's recently introduced Gif feature that allowed users to include bitmap image format from the media repository in their snaps and stories has been temporarily removed by both the applications after users saw a racist GIF as an option to add to their images.

"We are very sorry. This GIF should have never appeared in Snapchat. Our team has worked with Giphy to have the GIF removed and it should no longer appear," a Snap Inc. spokesperson quoted to Inverse.

"We are in the process of removing Giphy from our application until we can be assured that this will never happen again," the spokesperson added.

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The Snapchat spokesperson further reported that all GIFs in Snapchat are meant to be “rated PG,” meaning they’re most suitable for the age 13-and-above.

The offensive GIF was spotted in Facebook-owned Instagram indicating that Giphy is at fault, according to TechCrunch.

"This type of content has no place on Instagram. We have stopped our integration with Giphy as they investigate the issue," an Instagram spokesperson told TechCrunch.

A Snapchat user from England spotted the racist animation in the library.

In a bid to increase interactability on messenger platforms, various applications such as Hike, WhatsApp and Hangouts, apart from Instagram and Snapchat have explored different add-on features, including stickers and emojis.