Google apologizes over racist slur associated with the White House

The sun rises over the White House in Washington. (File photo: AP)

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.

“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,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement.

In 2010, Google’s auto-complete search system suggested racist queries after simply typing “why,” while when searching for traditionally black names, its system of advert delivery was shown to be more likely to bring up ads for criminal record checks.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:47 - GMT 06:47