DESPITE BANS, GIPHY STILL HOSTS SELF-HARM, HATE SPEECH AND CHILD SEX ABUSE CONTENT. Certain hashtags and keywords revealed the illegal and banned content

November 15, 2019
Sarah Perez, Zach Whittaker
Tech Crunch

Image search engine Giphy bills itself as providing a “fun and safe way” to search and create animated GIFs. But despite its ban on illicit content, the site is littered with self-harm and child sex abuse imagery, TechCrunch has learned.
A new report from Israeli online child protection startup L1ght — previously AntiToxin Technologies — has uncovered a host of toxic content hiding within the popular GIF-sharing community, including illegal child abuse content, depictions of rape and other toxic imagery associated with topics like white