Snapchat and Instagram have withdrawn support for a GIF-sharing service called Giphy after it was found to host a shockingly racist image.
The image was entitled ‘N***** Crime Death Counter’ and featured an image of a monkey as well as the slogan: ‘The numbers just keep on climbing.’
It was found by a woman who typed in ‘crime’ and was shocked at what she found. We have decided not to name the woman, who has now locked her Twitter account after making the discovery, or reproduce the GIF.
Snapchat and Instagram offered users the ability to use gifs from Giphy in recent updates. Now both apps have disabled it.
‘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.
Instagram added: ‘This type of content has no place on Instagram…. We have stopped our integration with Giphy as they investigate the issue.’
On Twitter, one person questioned whether the picture app’s decision and wrote: ‘So because one person finds one racist GIF we have to take the whole feature away?
‘I’m about ready to just delete Snapchat and call it quits.’
Snapchat’s recent update proved highly controversial but may have ended up giving the app a huge free publicity boost.