Ever Google something only to be surprised by what comes up after typing only a few words?
Well if you dared to type ‘N***a House’ in Google Maps this week, you would quickly be redirected to the White House. As first reported by the Washington Post on Tuesday, users searching the racist search term found themselves on the lawn on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
When word started to spread about the horrible flub, a spokeswoman for Google responded, “Some inappropriate results are surfacing in Google Maps that should not be and we apologize for any offense this may have caused.” However, nothing has yet to be done regarding the matter.
Currently, if you type the offensive term in Google Maps you will still be directed to the most well-known address in America.
So why is this happening? Google hasn’t given an answer yet, but some guesses lead to what is known as a “Google Bomb,” which is what happens when many people flood the Internet with a particular search term, confusing Google’s natural algorithm.
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