Google has had a number of problems with Google Maps over the last few weeks, first their was an Android Mascot peeing on an Apple logo discovered in Maps and then racist searches appearing in the software.
Google has now issued an apology regarding the problems that appeared on Google Maps, you can see more details 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.
You can read the full apology from Google over at the Google Maps blog at the link below.
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