Fresh from our “what in the hell file?” Google Photos has apologized for tagging black people as ‘Gorillas.’ Taryn Finley of the Huffington Post reported the story of
Jacky Alciné, who checked his Google Photos app earlier this week, and noticed it labeled photos of himself and a friend, both black, as “gorillas.”
The Brooklyn programmer posted his screenshots to Twitter to call out the app’s faulty photo recognition software.
Google responded swiftly. Finley writes:
“Yonatan Zunger, Google’s chief architect of social, responded on Twitter with a promise to fix the tag. The next day, USA Today reports, Google removed the “gorilla” tag completely.
‘We’re appalled and genuinely sorry that this happened,’ Google spokeswoman Katie Watson said in a statement to BBC. ‘We are taking immediate action to prevent this type of result from appearing. There is still clearly a lot of work to do with automatic image labeling, and we’re looking at how we can prevent these types of mistakes from happening in the future.'”
A clear case of having book sense with no common sense.
Read more at Huffington Post.