In order to ensure people’s safety, social media giant, Twitter has announced to ban animated PNG image files (APNGs) from its platform. The decision has come after Epilepsy Foundation revealed that its Twitter account had been the target of an attack that used flashing images in a bid to trigger seizures.
“We want everyone to have a safe experience on Twitter,” the company says in a tweet from the Twitter Accessibility handle. “APNGs were fun, but they don’t respect autoplay settings, so we’re removing the ability to add them to Tweets. This is for the safety of people with sensitivity to motion and flashing imagery, including those with epilepsy.”
According to twitter officials, tweets with existing APNG images won’t be deleted but the GIFs will be able to animate images moving forward from the platform.
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