Search giant Google has been forced to apologize after Google Maps users found that searches including racist slurs directed them to the White House.
Searches including the racist slur “nigger,” including “nigger house” and “nigger king,” took users to the seat of the U.S. government. Those searching for “nigger house” from any part of the world, and “nigger king” when focused on the greater Washington D.C. area, were directed to the White House, writes Samuel Gibbs for The Guardian.
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“Some inappropriate results are surfacing in Google Maps that should not be, and we apologize for any offence this may have caused. Our teams are working to fix this issue quickly,” read a statement from a Google spokesperson. The Washington Post was responsible for discovering the error on Tuesday, but at the time of writing there has been no explanation as to why the results are occurring.