Google Maps’ crowd-sourced map making tool went horrible wrong, unless you’re a racist bastard, when typing in “ni**a house” led to The White House—ya know, where President Barack Obama and his family live. Google Maps has apologized for the snafu and is in damage control mode.
Reports Raw Story:
An AFP search on Google Maps late Wednesday using a variation on the racist phrase resulted in being shown the location of The White House with the description “iconic home of America’s president.”
It was unclear whether the outcome resulted from a search algorithm being duped or flawed, or was caused by a user taking advantage of crowd-sourced editing capabilities intended to improve maps with local knowledge.
“Some inappropriate results are surfacing in Google Maps that should not be, and we apologize for any offense this may have caused,” the California-based Internet titan said in a released statement.
“Our teams are working to fix this issue quickly.”
Google on Monday said it is sidelining its crowd-sourced map making tool to implement a way to prevent bogus edits which have proven embarrassing.
The trolls are still winning, though. If you type in “ni**a college,” you get taken to The White House.
Do better, Google Maps. Quickly.