Instagram and Snapchat each added a Giphy integration to their stories features earlier this year, which allowed users to add GIFs from a library to their stories. Twitter user Lyauna Augmon posted a screenshot of the offensive image and tagged Instagram founder Kevin Systrom, demanding that it be taken down. The GIF reportedly appeared when someone searched for the word “Crime”.
“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 similarly disabled Giphy after hearing about the hateful GIF.
“This type of content has no place on Instagram,” Instagram told TechCrunch. “We have stopped our integration with Giphy as they investigate the issue.”