“Someone on Google Maps just labeled President Obama a very bad word,” Brian Fung reports for The Washington Post.
“A reader points out that if you enter a search for ‘N***** king’ — which contains a particularly offensive racial epithet for African Americans — Google Maps will point you to the White House,” Fung reports. “We tested the claim on Tuesday night and confirmed that, yes, this is a thing. It even zooms the camera in, automatically.”
“Other reports suggest that you get the same result if you search for ‘n***a house.’ We’ve tested this, as well,” Fung reports. “‘Some inappropriate results are surfacing in Google Maps that should not be, and we apologize for any offense this may have caused,’ said a Google spokesperson. ‘Our teams are working to fix this issue quickly.’ A mounting list of such pranks has led Google to suspend people’s ability to submit edits to Google Maps for the time being.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: “For the time being?” As in, forever?
By the way, the same searches in Apple Maps used by the Washington Post above return the closest Burger King and nothing, respectively.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]