Is Google Racist?

Nov 5, 2007 • 8:47 am | comments (16) by twitter | Filed Under Google Search Engine
 

Last week, Newsweek reported that the Google "algorithm" paired up two African American leaders with monkeys, as the screenshot suggests:

Newsweek: Racist Google?

Is Google racist?

They fault this on their algorithms. Other bad image-text links are inevitable. Newsweek cites a few more examples:

Recently Google News mismatched stories on Argentina's newly elected president Cristina Fern√°ndez with a photo of the California wildfires. A photo of the late Australia crocodile hunter Steve Irwin accompanied a report on the stock market. And thanks to the fast-breaking developments at Merrill Lynch, O'Neal managed to evolve. After he was forced to retire Tuesday in the wake of massive subprime losses, Google News illustrated the story with a 1939 photo of Katharine Hepburn taken during the filming of "The Philadelphia Story."

That's right. There's really no way for computers at this point to discern what is in the contents of an image. It is still reliant upon human intervention. If you want to help rectify things (and please have good intentions!), you can play the Image Labeler game.

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Comments:

steven

03/20/2008 12:39 am

Google is definatly racist, towards asian men as well. They always try to depict asian men as gay, and when web searching they put down Asian women seeking white men. WTF? that's not what I was looking for.

steven

02/20/2009 06:20 am

yes american search engines are biased towards their own media views

Dante

06/09/2009 11:49 am

If anything it is the mislabelled picture at fault. Its them who are being racist...

findout

10/02/2009 03:32 pm

i work at google and all you see are whites and asians that work there. It seems that if you want to pass your job interview you have to have light skin, be a fine ass asian girl, or be Indian. Fuck you google

Rishy

07/20/2010 08:43 am

google is definitely racist. when you type in 'why do' the first suggestion is 'why do indian's smell' and when you type in 'we hate' it says stuff like 'we hate australia' its so annoying

thepostman

01/18/2011 01:53 am

Google isnt racist, you dumb fucks, google is based on real user's searches, so by saying "google is racist" your really saying YOU are racist.

Ntodd

02/27/2011 06:13 pm

google has to be racist. check it out, i made this myself, i found it, and no way was this search more prevalent than 'why does Wikipedia need money" http://30.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lh9mqdsoy71qgo7jyo1_500.jpg

Last Cycle

07/01/2011 08:11 pm

Says the white raciste with not much arguments

thepostman

07/04/2011 10:43 pm

1. that post is 5 months old. 2. How do you know im white. 3. You spelled racist wrong. 4. Im not racist. 5. Since when am i arguing with anything, im pointing out that the post is dumb bullshit.

wtyjgkyqatynhsts

10/07/2011 02:13 pm

you searched google is racist too so dont be a hipocrate dumbass lol

Racistgoogle

10/30/2011 08:44 am

google is being racist now and they only banned asian countries. they will not even bother to crawl the website account which is from usa. otherwise lots of USA account gonna close  which will hit their business that's why they only banned Asian countries.

Unknown

11/02/2011 01:43 pm

i  think  your racist u dump ass cracker bitch google is racist

thepostman

11/03/2011 01:30 am

Actually someone linked me this page, theres more than one way to find a website, if you people believe this shit you are really below anyone on terms of intelligence, im done replying, what i said is correct, its actually an intelligent arguement, so you guys can go fuckyourselves.

not-happy-fred

12/11/2011 11:03 pm

Everytime I want to look for something as black women on the beach or something to do with black women, Caribbean women or any place where black women, people are found the most, the search always have millions of white women in the search, even with other things a white women will pop up. I hate how it's so obviously trying to push white people in our faces, if I wanted to see them in my searches more than what I am looking for I will search for them. I hate the way they have to be in everything and pushed down our throats. It's extremely racist in other areas as well, I want a better search engine.

Derbypasrt

02/01/2012 02:22 am

you asshole diffintely are a albino google asshole

Fredfredne

02/01/2012 02:24 am

google is 100% racist and german too ..hahas

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