Instagram brings back GIF stickers after a racist GIF forced them to suspend the feature
We can all breathe a sigh of relief, the GIF stickers on instagram stories are back! A few weeks ago, Instagram and Snapchat removed their Giphy sticker feature after a racist GIF was revealed by a Twitter user.
The image in question popped up when someone searched for “crime,” and involved a racist and vulgarly worded image about black on black violence in America. Twitter user Lyauna Augmon posted the image to twitter and tagged Instagram founder Kevin Systrom, telling him to remove the image and apologise.
Giphy was integrated into Instagram and Snapchat at the start of the year. Giphy is a company in California responsible for most of the GIFs we come across and allows GIFs to be created professionally and generated by users, which is what brought down the integration despite the terms of service from GIF do not tolerate obscene or offensive content, but it seems that this was the result of a programming error that allowed it to slip through.
The image was taken down by Giphy immediately after it was brought to their attention and A Giphy spokesperson commented on the matter,
“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.”
Good news however, today Instagram brought the feature back. Giphy claims to have combed through their entire GIF sticker library to make sure that no other offensive content is available. They have also created stricter moderation filters for a sticker to be added to the library.