Unlike some other tagging features, typing an '@' sign will not prompt a dropdown menu of suggested usernames, so you'll need to remember how to spell someone's username correctly in order to tag them. They might only learn about it when they start receiving friends requests. Snapchat confirms to TechCrunch "As soon as we were made aware, we removed the GIF and have disabled Giphy until we can be sure that this won't happen again. while we wait for Giphy's team to take a look at it".
The feature was first spotted by comedian Matt Rappaport on Twitter, and was later confirmed by Snapchat to tech site TechCrunch. The news comes just after Cheddar reported Snapchat is laying of 120 employees in its engineering department in what appears to be a cost-cutting move as it attempts to reduce its quarterly losses. After you shoot a photo or video with the Snapchat camera, you can add text to it. When someone views this Snap, an option to avail more details will appear as a swipe up.
Tapping on the username prompts a pop-up that will take them to that profile. A Snapchat spokesperson tells me the company is very sorry. This was with manual username entry or Snapcodes. For example "Stories", which originated on Snapchat, but grew like a wildfire once Instagram implemented it for itself. With this new feature, Snap can help spark conversations that can lead to visual communication, which is what Snapchat is all about.
Snapchat and Instagram have temporarily removed their Giphy GIF sticker features after users saw an extremely racist GIF as an option to add to their images.