Google Maps has been making a lot of headlines lately, and not for the good reasons. After the Android peeing on Apple logo controversy died down, the latest one to catch fire was all the places Google Maps showed when you searched for offensive terms like ‘dumb fuck’. Also Read - Why Google should consider bringing Pixel 6 series to India, but it is notAlso Read - Android 12 is now rolling out for Pixel devices: Here's the list of eligible smartphones
Even the White House mishap created outrage, and Google knows that these glitches are not expected out of the tech giant. Google has taken to its blog to sincerely apologize for the Maps fiasco, and has said that the team is working hard to fix the issue. Also Read - Personal data of thousands of smartphone users at risk via stalkerware leak
Jen Fitzpatrick, VP, Engineering & Product Manager at Google said that after the work on updating its Google Maps was complete, the global roll out will be initiated. He ended it with, “We sincerely apologize for the offence this has caused, and we will do better in the future.”
Currently, if you type dumb fuck on Google Maps, it shows you different results like the National Zoological Park in Delhi, and the Supreme Court in the US. There was another major blunder that Google Maps is looking to fix, in which the White House is being depicted as the N***a House in its search bar.
Read the full apology below:
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.
At Google, we work hard to bring people the information they are looking for, including information about the physical world through Google Maps. Our ranking systems are designed to return results that match a person s query. For Maps, this means using content about businesses and other public places from across the web. But this week, we heard about a failure in our system loud and clear. Certain offensive search terms were triggering unexpected maps results, typically because people had used the offensive term in online discussions of the place. This surfaced inappropriate results that users likely weren t looking for.
Our team has been working hard to fix this issue. Building upon a key algorithmic change we developed for Google Search, we ve started to update our ranking system to address the majority of these searches this will gradually roll out globally and we ll continue to refine our systems over time. Simply put, you shouldn t see these kinds of results in Google Maps, and we re taking steps to make sure you don’t.
Again, we sincerely apologize for the offense this has caused, and we will do better in the future.