Google Says Sorry Over Racist Google Maps White House Search Results

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  1. Rowdy

    Rowdy Co ja kurwa czytam! Senior Member

    Sep 6, 2014
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    Google has apologised after searches which include the racist slur “nigger” were shown to find the White House in Google Maps.

    Searches for “nigger house”, in a global view of the world, and for “nigger king”, when focused on in the Washington DC greater area, return with the home of the US president Barack Obama as either the primary search result or one of three.
    “Some inappropriate results are surfacing in Google Maps that should not be, and we apologise for any offence this may have caused. Our teams are working to fix this issue quickly,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement. It has not explained why the results are occurring.
    t is not the first time a Google search-based product has appeared to be racist. In 2010, the company’s search auto-complete system suggested racist queries after simply typing “why”, while its advertising system was shown to be 25% more likely to bring up ads for criminal record checks when searching for traditionally black names.

    Both systems are automated, taking user input from the billions of searches performed using Google to predict likely queries and results.

    But Google was also forced to shut off its crowd-sourced Map Maker system for Google Maps, which allowed user-generated corrections and additions to maps, after pranks including a picture of an Android robot urinating on an Apple logo.

    Google said it had been experiencing “escalated attacks to spam Google Maps over the past few months”. Whether the latest incident is a hack by a third-party or an issue with Google’s algorithm is unknown.
    • This article was amended on 22 May 2015. An earlier version said the “racist search results … were first exposed by the Washington Post on Tuesday”. The Huffington Post has asked us to point out that its article about the issue – which had not been seen by the Guardian – was published a few hours earlier than the Washington Post’s.
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  3. Rashna

    Rashna Senior Member Senior Member

    Mar 26, 2015
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    US has had 7 black presidents in the pre-google era. Google and Obama turned them racist......
  4. AirforcePilot

    AirforcePilot Defence Professionals Defence Professionals

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    To be honest, if someone types "N house" into Google or Google Maps, it's hard to imagine that whatever it comes up with isn't going to be pretty offensive regardless, whether or not it's the White House.
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  5. gslv

    gslv Regular Member

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    Lolwa. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ¡!!!!!!!
  6. blueblood

    blueblood Senior Member Senior Member

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    "India will succeed so long as it is not splintered along the lines of religious faith, as long as it is not splintered along any lines, and it is unified as one nation," - Barak Obama

    Thank you for these pearls of wisdom.

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