Google apologizes over racist Google Maps White House search results 


May 21, Washington: Google has apologized after the word “n**** coupled with “house” or “king” on its search engine takes you digitally to the map of the home of U.S. President Barack Obama.

U.S. newspaper the Washington Post reported on Wednesday that typing “n*****house,” on Google’s maps website, or “n***** king,” when narrowed down the Washington DC metropolitan area shows the White House as the primary search result.

A Google spokesperson said in a statement “Some inappropriate results are surfacing in Google Maps that should not be, and we apologies for any offence this may have caused. Our teams are working to fix this issue quickly”, it has not explained why the results are occurring, The Guardian reported.

It 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.

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.             The Oslo Times

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