Under the name of ‘Nigger Crime Death Counter’ a monkey is cracking the death counter while a white man is prompting the ‘bonzo’ to keep an eye on the numbers. The gif popped up whenever somebody did a search for ‘crime’ in the two apps’ gif libraries. Now, the gif is nowhere to be found.
Some users took a snapshot of the offensive content and tweeted it, underlining that they found it on Instagram. Angry users asked for the two social media outlets to remove and apologize for the incident. As of now, the picture is nowhere to be found.
Snapchat apologized for the disturbing content and unveiled that they removed it as soon as they were made aware. Snapchat confirmed that Giphy was disabled in the process to prevent other similar gifs from popping up.
Giphy Apologizes too
Giphy said that the system automatically ranks all gifs as suited for 13-year-olds or older (PG rating). Giphy apologized for the incident as well for allowing the racist gif to appear in its database.
The company unveiled that a user spotted the GIF in the library. The clip was removed because it infringed the content guidelines. The company explained that the gif was available in the library because of a bug which enabled it to dodge content moderation filters.
The bug was reportedly fixed and all the other GIF stickers were ‘re-moderated’. Also, the service said that they are reviewing every other GIFs manually and the process should be “finished shortly.”
Giphy took ‘full responsibility’ for the accident and apologized ‘sincerely’ to all the people who took offense. Instagram has yet to reply to a request for comment.
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