Twitter rolls back Animated PNG support due to risk to photosensitive epileptics

December

23, 2019

Author Surur // in Apps, News

Twitter recently added Animated PNG support to their mobile app, but today the company decided to roll back support due to the risk they could be used to attack photosensitive epileptics.

The issue is that APNGs ignore auto-play settings, meaning epileptics can be surprised by flashing images tuned to provoke seizures.  While Twitter said no-one has so far been injured, the risk if not theoretical, as trolls have in the past and recently attacked epileptics by taking over hashtags used by the community.

Twitter users can still use gifs, which can be prevented from animating using auto-play settings.

Via Yahoo

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