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Search Google Maps for the ‘N-word’, and it gives you the White House

21st Century Wire says…

Is this Google playing a political stunt – stoking up racial division in society, or is this just another exciting low point for American culture?

Google Maps is at it again – with Obama as the latest target of “third party vandalism” – a move which was certainly designed an instigator in order to incite racial division in America.

In April the White House was tagged on Google Maps as “Edward Snowden’s Lair”.

Expect to see many more of these appearing on Google’s system…

epa04552735 US President Barack Obama speaks in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA, 09 January 2015. While speaking on the terror attack in Paris, Obama says the US stands with France over the multiple terror attacks in Paris. EPA/WADE PAYNE

The Switch

Someone on Google Maps just labeled President Obama a very bad word.

A reader points out that if you enter a search for “N***** king” — which contains a particularly offensive racial epithet for African Americans — Google Maps will point you to the White House. We tested the claim on Tuesday night and confirmed that, yes, this is a thing. It even zooms the camera in, automatically.

(For sensitivity’s sake, we partially obscured the search term and the autocomplete responses in the GIF below.)

What happens when you perform a nasty search on Google Maps.

Other reports suggest that you get the same result if you search for “n***a house.” We’ve tested this, as well.

“Some inappropriate results are surfacing in Google Maps that should not be, and we apologize for any offense this may have caused,” said a Google spokesperson. “Our teams are working to fix this issue quickly.”

A mounting list of such pranks has led Google to suspend people’s ability to submit edits to Google Maps for the time being.

“We are temporarily disabling editing on Map Maker starting today,” product manager Pavithra Kanakarajan said in a message to users, “while we continue to work towards making the moderation system more robust.”…

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