Google apologizes after app tagged Black people ‘gorillas’

In this Oct. 17, 2012, file photo, a man raises his hand during at Google offices in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
In this Oct. 17, 2012, file photo, a man raises his hand during at Google offices in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

NEW YORK (AP) _ Google is apologizing after reports surfaced that an automatic image-recognition feature in its Photos application was identifying images of some Black people as “gorillas.”A New York man posted a picture of himself and a female friend on Twitter earlier this week, showing that the Google image software had tagged both of them as “gorillas,” which is sometimes used as a racial slur.
Google says it’s “appalled and genuinely sorry” for what happened with the image-recognition feature. It says it’s taking immediate action to stop those kinds of results from appearing again.

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