Under close supervision by the Israeli authorities, the company found dozens of illegal images in the results from searching certain keywords. L1ght, which has a commercial interest in this space, was founded a year ago to help combat online predators, bullying, hate speech, scams and more. L1ght said that Giphy is already aware of its content moderation problems. But much of the focus to date has been on the larger players in the space, like Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter. Last year the company was booted from Instagram for letting through racist content. But despite its ban on illicit content, the site is littered with self-harm and child sex abuse imagery, TechCrunch has learned.
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L1ght develops advanced solutions to combat online toxicity.
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Despite bans, Giphy still hosts self-harm, hate speech and child sex abuse content
He also expressed frustration that L1ght had not contacted Giphy with the allegations first. Giphy and other smaller platforms have largely stayed out of the limelight, during the past several years. When we tested using several words associated with illicit content, Giphy sometimes showed content from its own results. We are not publishing the hashtags, search terms or sites used to access the content, but we passed on the information to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, a national nonprofit established by Congress to fight child exploitation.