Both Snapchat and Instagram have temporarily removed their GIF sticker features, after users discovered a racist animation in the Giphy library.
The vile GIF included text with a racial slur, reading ‘N—– Crime Death Counter – Keep Cranking Bonzo, the Numbers Just Keep on Climbing!’
The GIF was found in the Giphy library, which users could search through and post to their Stories on both Instagram and Snapchat.
Tech Crunch has posted a screenshot of the GIFs as seen on Snapchat and Instagram with the racial slur blurred out.
Speaking to TechCrunch, a spokesperson for Snapchat said: “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.”
The spokesperson added that all GIFs in Snapchat are meant to be ‘rated PG’, meaning they’re suitable to be used by people aged 13 and upwards.
An Instagram spokesperson added: “This type of content has no place on Instagram. We have stopped our integration with Giphy as they investigate the issue.”
Giphy claims that the racist GIF was available due to a ‘bug’, and it has now been removed.
A Giphy spokesperson told TechCrunch: “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 is unclear when Instagram and Snapchat plan to reintroduce their GIF sticker features