Snapchat testing new features in a bid to outdo its competitors

11 March, 2018, 03:00 | Author: Sergio Cook
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A source tells TechCrunch the same racist GIF was spotted in Instagram as well, indicating that Giphy is at fault. 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.

In a statement to TechCrunch, Snapchat says that it removed the GIF and as temporarily suspended the integration with Giphy "while we wait for Giphy's team to take a look at it".

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. Snapchat's version of the feature asks users to swipe the "more" option, displaying the name of the person tagged, their handle, a Bitmoji and an "add" button to follow their account.

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

The social network is trialling giving users the ability to tag other people in their Snapchat Stories.

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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.

Both Snapchat and Instagram had introduced the feature in February that allows users to include GIFs from the media repository Giphy in their snaps and "Stories".

What new features would you like to see added to Snapchat? The widely-used messaging app, WhatsApp also lets you use GIFs without any hindrance.

Last month, the company added a "Tabs" feature to the app that separates Snaps into Group Chats and active Stories.



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