Giphy has officially apologized for the error and has taken the blame upon itself. The story has been updated with the statement below.
Did you wake up today to find you're the cute GIF stickers gone from Instagram or Snapchat? The GIF would appear under search for the word crime on the Giphy platform. There's nothing questionable about its intent; it is overtly racist. The GIF was originally discovered and shared on Twitter by Lyauna Augmon. Instagram introduced the feature in January while Snapchat followed the suit in February. The slip-up could deter Snapchat from working more with outside developers, which it's only recently allowed to bring content into its app via its Lens Studio and the Giphy integration.
"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 we wait for Giphy's team to take a look at it", Snapchat said.
Giphy also issued a statement to state that it has removed the bug from its system and is presently reviewing all its GIF contents from scratch.
The statement adds, "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", said a spokesperson. A similar GIF from Giphy was also spotted on the Facebook-owned platform Instagram, implying that it is an issue at the source of the content. The company also said it was sorry for the event and apologised to all who were offended.
Giphy is a very new addition to both social media platforms.
If you're a regular GIF user on Snapchat and Instagram and wondering what changed over the weekend due to which you can not add those funky moving images to your Stories, here's the complete story.