Google apologized for the algorithm that suggested the White House as a Google Maps result after typing a combination of racially offensive words. The announcement was made after several people complained that typing the N-word in the Google Maps search box would most likely lead to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
For instance, Bomani Buckhalter reported that searching “N***** house” in Google’s mapping service would point out to the White House, and most of his friends were aware of the fact. Same thing occurred after combining the N-word with other syntagmas – “N***** king” returned the same result, which many people found offensive towards president Obama and black people in general.
Google claims the results are unintended and the company is working hard to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. “Some inappropriate results are surfacing in Google Maps that should not be, and we apologize for any offense this may have caused,” a spokesman for the company said.
Apparently, the tech giant is taking matters very seriously, as the Google Maps editing feature has been temporarily disabled to prevent internet trolls from pulling any pranks through the app. Google product manager Pavithra Kanakarajan reassured users that the moderation system will return shortly, after the required corrections are made.
It will probably take a while before Google finishes refurnishing the search algorithms and the map editing system, and the service will most likely become fully available again around May 27, along with the new Google Maps patch that the company announced.
The N-word conundrum is only a latest unfortunate event on a long list of incidents that put Google under suspicion for deliberately trolling other people. And it was Google Maps that caught the attention each time. For instance, about a month ago someone found out that the White House has been tagged as NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s home.
Moreover, several weeks later an Android figurine was discovered urinating on what very much resembled an Apple logo in Pakistan. Google apologized each time the information went public, and claimed that it had no earlier knowledge. But coincidences suspiciously seem to add up to something.
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