Crowdsourcing the entire web goes bad with Google Maps, causing many locations to be relevant for slurs and derogatory words. Google promises a fix is on the way. Google has reacted to how racist searches can bring up the White House and other locations by promising to extend its Googlebomb protection to Google Maps. Thanks to Danny Sullivan for writing this article.
Google has apologized for the situation and promised a fix is on the way. From its blog post today:
This week, we had some problems with Google Maps, which was displaying results for certain offensive search queries. Like many of you, we were deeply upset by this issue, and we are fixing it now. We apologize this has taken some time to resolve, and want to share more about what we are doing to correct the problem.
The Racist Listings
The problem attracted attention this week after it was discovered that searching for “n–ga house” would bring up the White House on Google Maps: Continue reading “Google To Implement Googlebomb Fix To Prevent Racist Listings In Google Maps”