A 21-year-old Snapchat user first spotted a racist GIF that can be added to photographs before sharing them on Snapchat and it was later discovered on Instagram as well, TechCrunch reported. Don't worry, you're not alone.
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.
The company unveiled that a user spotted the GIF in the library. Snapchat confirmed that Giphy was disabled in the process to prevent other similar gifs from popping up.
The Snapchat spokesperson says that all GIFs in Snapchat are meant to be "rated PG", meaning they're mostly suitable for the 13-and-up teens that are technically allowed on Snapchat.
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It turns out that the GIF's weren't pulled because Instagram and Snapchat want to make us suffer through their bad updates more than we already are.
The update is slowly rolling-out to users at the moment. However, it may take some time to reflect on all the users. Instagram's spokesperson added: "This type of content has no place on Instagram. We have stopped our integration with Giphy as they investigate the issue", Instagram spokesperson told BGR India.
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".
The company goes on to explain that it has fixed the bug and is re-moderating all of the GIF stickers in the app.
The same GIF was also found in Giphy on Instagram merely hours later and that's when the Facebook-owned company made a decision to take the same action.
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"We take full responsibility for these recent events and sincerely apologise to anyone who was offended".
The incident is embarrassing for Instagram's parent company Facebook.
The Californian social network recently launched a Facebook Messenger Kids app, targeted at young children.
Now, you can search all you want, but you're not going to be able to find the feature on either of these platforms - at not least until Giphy figures out a way to fix this.
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