INTERNATIONAL: Google apologizes after app tags black people ‘gorillas’

INTERNATIONAL: Google apologizes after app tags black people ‘gorillas’

NEW YORK (AP) — Google is apologizing after reports surfaced that an automatic image-recognition feature in its Photos application was identifying images of some black people as “gorillas.”

A New York man posted a picture of himself and a female friend on Twitter earlier this week, showing that the Google image software had tagged both of them as “gorillas,” which is sometimes used as a racial slur.

Google says it’s “appalled and genuinely sorry” for what happened with the image-recognition feature. It says it’s taking immediate action to stop those kinds of results from appearing again.

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  1. In sensible countries such as the UK Google was prevented from introducing this app to the public because of privacy concerns. How would you feel walking down some street in New York when some store owner calls you by name and has all your personal details inculding photo and your preferences? Humm, seems far fetched, right? Wrong! Think again.

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  2. It was a an error with the computer honestly picking up the shaddow and shape and took it as a gorilla! No human was behind the mistake and also we all resemble apes and gorillas! Dont know why ppl pulling ghe race card in this... Theae "gorillas" will be the richest in the world very soon i dont see them making a fuss lol

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  3. This is nonsensical,name calling is part of our culture so none of us should be angry.I have heard our own people calling each other monkey and gorilla.Telling people they are looking ugly is also within us as a people but,above all you suppose to develop your self esteem and do not allow such things to break you down.Who don't like it,don't like it while i have always say that,i still don't trust black people regardless of all those frictions with white people.

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  4. even the robots are CREATED RACIST!!!!!!

    black people: open up your eyes : find yourself within : KNOW GOD CREATOR (and leave the people bible alone)

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    • My lady such deep powerful words I think God has a calling for you stand up to it, but there is some truth in the bible its all about balance and being guided by the most high to navigate that book and the gift of the chakrass intuition untill you master all the highest levels a man can reach is to have compassion in within. Which goes to show you love will conquer the world!!!

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  5. I was born BLACK and I will PROUDLY remain BLACK. WE BLACK people have more hatred in our hearts than the whites.They did us WRONG because they had the chance. Would we do them the same? That would surely make us the same as them.

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    • When you blacks have more hatred in their than whites you shock me . History is not on your side .I don't think I have mention the slavery of blacks in the west indies and north America. But you have the extermination of blaccks in Tasmania; the killing of blacks in south Africa and Zimbabwe. In the Congo the amount of babartity the natives went through at the hands of king leopoold makes Hitler a saint. Now can you tell me which race of people have suffered st the hands of blacks?

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  6. They did it deliberately...Google is racist,none of the Google letters are black...hmmmm

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