Facebook’s Acquisition of GIPHY: Potential Competition Issues (Congressional Research Service)

From the Congressional Research Service, and in PDF form: Facebook’s Acquisition of GIPHY: Potential Competition Issues. “Facebook is now facing antitrust lawsuits, some of which focus on its past acquisitions. This Insight discusses how Facebook’s acquisitions can affect competition in digital advertising and the potential implications of the antitrust lawsuits on Facebook’s acquisition of GIPHY.”

CNBC: Facebook’s acquisition of Giphy to face in-depth UK competition probe

CNBC: Facebook’s acquisition of Giphy to face in-depth UK competition probe. “Britain’s competition regulator said Thursday that it was referring Facebook’s acquisition of GIF database Giphy for an in-depth investigation. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) recently completed its initial probe into the Facebook-Giphy merger — which has already closed — and concluded that the deal raises competition concerns.”

CNN: Giphy feature lets anyone develop games without knowing how to code

CNN: Giphy feature lets anyone develop games without knowing how to code. “The free new feature, called Giphy Arcade, runs on a web browser and features about 100 games. People can play these original titles or customize their own with the help of 10 templates, music and stickers. The games, which are about 10 seconds in length and feature retro-style graphics, can be shared with friends.”

AdAge: Giphy’s Head Of Revenue Breaks Down Their Most Popular Search Terms, Plus The Future Of Messaging

AdAge: Giphy’s Head Of Revenue Breaks Down Their Most Popular Search Terms, Plus The Future Of Messaging. This is a podcast episode but does have an accompanying article. “People—people like you and me—conduct more than a billion searches for GIFs and stickers on our messaging apps every day. At the heart of those GIF results is, often, Giphy, the shareable online database and search engine of those short looping soundless videos. While it’s all fun and good to send a friend a looping video of a dog on a skateboard or what have you, Alex Magnin sees tremendous business opportunities, despite not being profitable—yet.”

Exclusive: Giphy Releases A Collection Of GIFS Designed By Black Artists (Refinery29)

Refinery29: Exclusive: Giphy Releases A Collection Of GIFS Designed By Black Artists. “For their latest collaboration, GIPHY has teamed up with Refinery29 Unbothered, Refinery29’s Instagram account and initiative for Black women and femme empowerment. The project collaborated with seven Black femme illustrators and animators to create designed GIFs depicting Black culture. The goal? To inspire mainstream media companies to have more diversity in their visuals and Black creators to keep creating.”

Music Mayhem Magazine: The Prince Estate Launches New Prince Social Accounts, Giphy Launches Comprehensive Library of Authorized Prince GIF Content

Music Mayhem Magazine: The Prince Estate Launches New Prince Social Accounts, Giphy Launches Comprehensive Library of Authorized Prince GIF Content. “To help celebrate the launch of the Prince social media accounts, The Prince Estate has aligned with GIPHY to create an enormous library of Prince GIF content on the web. The new channel… features over 1,700 of the best Prince GIF moments from every decade of his 40+ year career.”

Neowin: GIPHY is moving beyond traditional GIFs with the soft-launch of its video platform

Neowin: GIPHY is moving beyond traditional GIFs with the soft-launch of its video platform. “GIPHY is best known for offering mainly a wide library of animated images called GIFs, allowing you to search for and share short animations with no sound. The service is integrated with various social media platforms including Twitter and Instagram’s Direct messaging. But GIPHY ​is expanding beyond that service.”

TechCrunch: Instagram reenables GIF sharing after GIPHY promises no more racism

TechCrunch: Instagram reenables GIF sharing after GIPHY promises no more racism. “A racial slur GIF slipped into GIPHY’s sticker library earlier this month, prompting Instagram and Snapchat to drop their GIPHY integrations. Now Instagram is reactivating after GIPHY confirmed its reviewed its GIF library four times and will preemptively review any new GIFs it adds. Snapchat said it had nothing to share right now about whether it’s going to reactivate GIPHY.”

Engadget: Snapchat and Instagram pull Giphy stickers over racist GIF

Engadget: Snapchat and Instagram pull Giphy stickers over racist GIF. “When Snapchat and Instagram introduced Giphy stickers for Stories, they expected to offer PG-rated GIFs that even their young patrons can use. Unfortunately, things don’t always go as planned: both platforms have disabled the feature after users discovered an extremely racist GIF that says ‘N—- Crime Death Counter — Keep Cranking Bonzo, the Numbers Just Keep on Climbing!’ among Giphy’s offerings.”

Gizmodo: Google Swears It Didn’t Nerf Giphy In Search After Exec Bragged ‘We Own Happy Birthday Now’

Gizmodo: Google Swears It Didn’t Nerf Giphy In Search After Exec Bragged ‘We Own Happy Birthday Now’. “On October 3rd, the founders of the GIF search engine Giphy were riding high. A cover story in Fast Company chronicled the company’s rise to power and execs were spouting off about their dominance. One claimed that Giphy’s hold on search results is so strong ‘we own happy birthday now.’ The next day, the company’s search traffic fell off a cliff.”