Popular Image sharing app Instagram and Snapchat have temporarily removed their Giphy GIF sticker features after users saw a racist GIF as an option to add to their photographs.


Snap Inc. Spokeperson quoted as saying on last friday.

We are very sorry. This GIF should have never appeared in Snapchat. Our team has worked with Giphy to have the GIF removed and it should no longer appear

The same racist GIF was spotted on Facebook owned image sharing app Instagram as well, indicating that Giphy is at fault. Giphy appears to have removed the GIF as it’s no longer available in Instagram.An Instagram Spoke person says

This type of content has no place on Instagram. We have stopped our integration with Giphy as they investigate the issue.

This One was that GIF which is spotted on

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”.


The incident is embarrassing for Instagram’s parent company Facebook. It also casts doubt on Facebook’s Messenger Kids app, which also has Giphy integration that is only supposed to show G-rated imagery.


Snapchat and Instagram will have to decide whether they want help from outsiders even if it can’t guarantee the quality or safety of their content, or whether it will go it alone as they compete against each other.