Snapchat & Instagram Ditch Giphy After Racist GIF Surfaces

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Snapchat confirmed to TechCrunch that the feature, which was discovered by prominent Snapchatter Matt Rappaport, is being tested but has not been rolled out yet to all users.

A 21-year-old Snapchat user from England first spotted the racist animation in the library.

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If you're viewing a tagged Story, you just swipe up for a "more" option. This GIF should have never appeared in Snapchat.

The biggest omission in this new feature: It doesn't allow users to search for other accounts while constructing the mention, meaning that for now you'll have to know and enter the handle of the account you wish to tag by memory.

To tag someone, shoot a photo or video on Snapchat and then start adding text.

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Snapchat told TechCrunch, "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". Moreover, friends will not get a notification when they are tagged.

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". "While there's no type-ahead drop-down menu like on some social networks, you can "@[someone's username]" to mention them.

Snapchat has been busy adding a slew of other features over the last few weeks. Although Facebook Messenger and Twitter also support GIFs on their platform, they utilize the Tenor database, which means that they are safe from this particular controversy, for now, at least.

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Last month, the company added a "Tabs" feature to the app that separates Snaps into Group Chats and active Stories.