Snapchat and Instagram pull Giphy stickers over racist GIF

11 March, 2018, 01:58 | Author: Elena Summers
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The person tagged will be sent a notification.

Both social media platforms removed their Giphy integrations after learning of the issue, TechCrunch reported Friday.

TechCrunch learned of the feature from Matt Rappaport after Dana Glidden spotted it. Although Facebook Messenger and Twitter also support GIFs on their platform, they utilize the Tenor database, which means that they are safe from this particular controversy, for now, at least.

It's the latest killer move in an ongoing war between Instagram and Snapchat.

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Here's how Snapchat @ mention tagging works. When someone views this Snap, an option to avail more details will appear as a swipe up. This reveals tiles showing people's profile info and an Add button.

Snapchat has recently gone through the wringer after news broke that the company's stock price plummeted to an alarming new low, alongside the revelation that they have also laid off 100 employees. From just one shoutout, I could get as much as 25% of someones audience on Snapchat to follow me.

We've all known about the whole Instagram-Snapchat-copycat thing for years at this point, and it looks like its Snapchat's turn to start bringing over some of its biggest competitor's features to its own mobile apps.

Among the most egregious examples of this occurred when Instagram co-opted Snapchat's self-destructing video messages under a new name, "Instagram Stories", in November 2016. With this new feature, Snap can help spark conversations that can lead to visual communication, which is what Snapchat is all about.

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