Snapchat Adds @Mentions Tagging, Stepping Up Rivalry With Instagram

Snapchat Instagram Removes GIPHY feature

Snapchat may soon allow its users to tag their friends on snaps and stories.

Snapchat confirmed they're testing the feature to TechCrunch but didn't reveal when the feature will go live.

A similar racist GIF was spotted in Facebook-owned Instagram indicating that Giphy is at fault, according to TechCrunch.

Twitter user Lyauna Augmon said she searched "crime" in Instagram's Giphy feature and the above GIF came up as a suggestion. Well, why not? Not so long ago Instagram copied Snapchat by introducing "stories" that can also be posted to Facebook profiles.

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"This type of content has no place on Instagram". Instagram has done the same for Giphy integration on its platform. The company confirms the change has been made but might take some time to propagate to all users. It reads "N-- Crime Death Counter - Keep Cranking Bonzo, the Numbers Just Keep on Climbing!" A statement put out by Snapchat says: "We have removed GIPHY from our application until we can be assured that this will never happen again".

Virginia Salas Kastilio aka @Ginicanbreathe, one of the world's top Snapchatters who formerly ran the BBC's account, tells me "I couldn't have grown on Snapchat without the support of my followers and other influencers shouting me out in their story". Giphy, however, has not yet responded to TechCrunch's request for comment.

Snapchat only launched the Giphy integration on February 20th so people could jazz up their photos and videos with moving images curated as safe by the Giphy team.

The guys at Snapchat seem to be playing around with a new feature, not yet rolled out, which copies the "tagging" feature from Instagram.

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