Snapchat & Instagram remove Giphy feature over racist gif

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Test users say the feature is activated when you add text to a snap.

Snapchat confirms to TechCrunch "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".

TechCrunch learned of the feature from Matt Rappaport after Dana Glidden spotted it. A Snapchat spokesperson tells me the company is very sorry. The same GIF also appeared as a suggestion in Snapchat's Giphy feature.

Now when taking a photo in the app, some users are able to use the @ symbol and then write another person's username to link them to the story.

If you tag someone in a post, you will get a notification saying that someone has 'mentioned you in their Story'.

As spotted by Matt Rappaport and reported by TechCrunch, Snapchat is now testing the ability for users to tag other users within Snaps by including their username in a text field.

As TechCrunch notes, tagging other users serves as a new way to communicate with friends on the app, while spotlighting your favorite Snapchat users.

Earlier this year, both Instagram and Snapchat added Giphy integration to their stories, allowing their users to add GIFs from a library right to their stories. "While there's no type-ahead drop-down menu like on some social networks, you can "@[someone's username]" to mention them.

What new features would you like to see added to Snapchat? The feature could let friends call each other out in Stories, or promote their favorite influencers by making it easy for people to follow them.

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