Snapchat and Instagram remove Giphy feature over racist GIF

Snapchat is Testing User Tagging in Snaps, Just Like on Instagram

Snapchat confirmed to TechCrunch that the feature, which was discovered by prominent Snapchatter Matt Rappaport, is being tested but has not been rolled out yet to all users. TechCrunch broke the news on Instagram building a similar Giphy integration in late January, which launched a week later.

Both social media platforms removed the newly enabled feature after learning of the issue, and have vowed to only reinstate the GIF option when they're sure it will not happen again, TechCrunch reports.

For now, tagging seems to be appearing on the app for some users. Twitter user Lyauna Augmon posted a screenshot of the offensive image and tagged Instagram founder even Systrom to the post, demanding that it be taken down immediately. Also, whoever gets tagged will receive a notification, so nothing will remain unseen.

Facebook was one of the first to allow users to tag other accounts in photos uploaded to the site.

Instagram added Snapchat-style Stories back in 2016, and now Snapchat has fired back with its own copycat manoeuvre.

Tapping on the username prompts a pop-up that will take them to that profile. Considering that Snapchat now shares analytics and insights with its network of influencers, its addition of "mentions" feels like another feature that will allow the platform to function as a serious tool for communicators.

While quick sending messaging apps changed the way we sent messages, GIF added fun to chats.

Users can add multiple GIFs to their Snap and add the animated stickers to videos by pressing and holding on the sticker to pin it to something in their Snap.

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