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Digital Citizens Alliance Praises Google For Quick Action to Address Problems with Algorithm, Racial Slurs in Google Maps

Published Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Washington, DC – The Digital Citizens Alliance today praised Google for both its transparency and willingness to change an algorithm in order to to address racial slurs in Google Maps that were directing people to the White House.

In making the changes, the company noted the unwanted slurs could be the result of spam attacks targeting Google Maps that have escalated during the last few months.

“This is the kind of action we would expect from a company like Google,” said Tom Galvin, Executive Director of the Digital Citizens Alliance. “We wholeheartedly agree that racist commentary directed at our President should not be accepted. Google demonstrated the ability to act quickly and make changes in its algorithms when the company saw the problem. We applaud Google for seeing something that shouldn’t be happening and taking steps to address it.”


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