A minor scandal in the word of tech erupted over the weekend, as GIPHY-integration has been temporarily removed from both Instagram and Snapchat. The reason behind the freeze stems in an extremely racist GIF appearing in the app’s search for ‘crime’ that utilizes not only insensitive imagery but the n-word.
Both companies gave statements to TechCrunch regarding the dismissal. Snapchat stated that “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,” while Instagram said that “This type of content has no place on Instagram. We have stopped our integration with GIPHY as they investigate the issue.”
Giphy has released a statement explaining the company’s response to the controversy.
“A user discovered an offensive GIF sticker in our library, and we immediately removed it per our content guidelines. 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.
The GIPHY staff is also further reviewing every GIF sticker by hand and should be finished shortly.
We take full responsibility for these recent events and sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended.”
It’s not clear for how long GIPHY will be absent from both platforms, so be sure to stay tuned as more updates roll in.
In other news, Martin Shkreli (that guy with “the” Wu-Tang album) just got sentenced to seven years in prison for fraud. Get the full scoop here.
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