Bitches near me's Google search shows women's hostels

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26 Nov 2018

If you search 'Bitches near me', Google shows women's hostels

While Google has been widely advertising how maps are meant to make our lives easier, this feature of tech giant may not be that perfect after all.

In what is outright degrading, typing 'Bitches near me' in Google shows addresses of women's hostels in the vicinity.

Since this was discovered, netizens have been furious at Google and want it to fix it.

Can you explain this, Google?

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Tech journalist explains on Twitter what could have happened

Tech journalist explains on Twitter what could have happened

About this bug, tech journalist Prasanto K Roy tweeted, "I don't mean this is Google's doing. It's an outcome of AI/ML learned behavior."

Roy added there may have been users who typed the words in the search bar, and several pages later may have clicked on girls' hostel, PGs.

"With many doing that, those went into the top 10 results," he tweeted.

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Here is Roy's Twitter thread

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Netizens are angry at Google and want a solution

Nevertheless, people on Twitter are furious and many tagged Google asking the company to fix the issue.

@bosonium tweeted: Google's AI trying correlate on mass communication and slangs. You see how learning nebie child would find pattern and correlate things (sic).

While @TheSignOfFive wrote: I'm a tad pissed with the subtle shaming with responses featuring girls' schools. Way to associate (sic).

Editor's note

AI is a reflection of us, this incident proves

AI is a reflection of us, this incident proves

Even if one does absolve Google and blames it on AI, the search is demeaning in every sense of the word. That women's hostels have been equated with a slang, speaks volumes about how women are seen.

And just in case you were wondering, typing 'dogs around me' on Google shows pet houses and animal grooming parlors.

Google really needs to act!

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