Online discussions led to the "N-word" linking to the White House on Google Maps


It has been a rather difficult month for Google Maps. A few weeks ago, an image of the Android mascot answering nature's call on an Apple was found at coordinates N 33°30'52.5", E 73°03'33.2". Google said that the image came from user submitted edits and put a halt to them earlier this month.

Now, a new issue has come up with Google Maps, one that is much more offensive than the earlier image. It has come to Google's attention that searching on Google Maps using the "N-word" takes you to the White House. According to Danny Sullivan, the founder of Search Engine Land, this was the result of people using the offensive terms in online discussions about the White House and its inhabitants. This led to the connection on Google Maps between a search of the "N-Word" and the building on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C.


Google plans on updating its ranking system using an algorithmic change. This will rollout slowly on a global basis, and will prevent users from seeing inappropriate and offensive words link to a particular location on Google Maps.

source: Google via Engadget

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24 Comments

1. TechNeck

Posts: 651; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

That's immature....

2. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

lol that immature and disgusting on a level thats unbelievable. the sheer number of people required to push such trend into google search is astounding.

60. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Or simply a bot taking advantage of googles own system...

31. waddup121 unregistered

dam..

47. QWERTYslider unregistered

Wow. Google maps IS amazingly accurate.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31072; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Not surprising at all. He got elected in 08, get over it already.

4. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Dide, it don't matter Ignorant people hate rather you smart, whether you have proven yourself a leader or even if you're rich. You could literally have the power of a God aND they will still hate you. JESUS comes to mind. Just saying.

12. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Jesus? What is that?

30. andynaija

Posts: 1259; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Jesus is the Son of God and savior of the world according to the Bible. He was not a demon magician as lyndon420 says, He performed many miracles such as healing the sick and raising the dead which ultimately TRANCENDS in comparison to what any modern day human being or religion can do.

52. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

your are asking the right question but you are using the wrong tool to get your answer. you are using religeon instead of cosmology. all that religeon stuff is around because we wondered were did all of this come from.

62. HighOnAndroidFTW

Posts: 185; Member since: Apr 26, 2015

Proven leader? Your of topic cause I know your not talking about the racist in office.

5. SremmLife

Posts: 30; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

I'm surprised that a person who is so ignorant could even work google maps

58. RenatoChicca

Posts: 2; Member since: May 22, 2015

Speaking of ignorance, you have deleted your own post where I pointed out your grammar mistake, how cool is that.

7. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

It's disgusting that people think this is funny, regardless of your background, politics, or even your choice of services. I'm glad that Google got on this quickly to fix it.

11. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Sometimes I'm torn if this word should be considered offensive anymore. I mean, I see tons of people who supposedly get offended by the word, yet they use it as common vernacular. Just the other day, I saw some woman at McDonald's use it to call her friend. But in this case, it is completely inappropriate and should not be tolerated.

16. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

It's a valuable conversation to have, but I think the black community, in general, has to decide for themselves, and not just youths and the rap community, that it no longer stands for oppression or a dark chapter in our history. As long as it offends the intended target, a sensible person should avoid it. I think we have over corrected in the name of being politically correct, but it is definitely not up to me, as a white man, to decide it is time to include the word in the lexicon as anything but offensive.

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31072; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good post.

17. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Yeah I get it. NO is such a bad word.

21. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

The word shouldn't be used at all. Anyone who thinks otherwise is retarded. And if you're a Person of Color and still using that word then I'm pretty sure you're a f*cking idiot.

42. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

And yet conservatives keep trying to tell you that racism is dead, that racism isn't a problem anymore. It's times like this when I'm disgusted by humanity.

61. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Racism starts very early. And truth be told, the more you bring it up every day, and don't squash it as simple hate. Then it will ALWAYS be around. Never dealt with it at school or friends. To me, I live that dystopian life of not knowing what 'racism' is. Then we read the news and see it alive and realize, it was their life their parents their community and them failing as well. Any word can be used to dehumanize someone, thinking by simply taking back that word, like it is somehow theirs and no one else's is also a race card. And it goes farther, race is treated as a different class even in crimes. I kill you? 10yrs. Oh you call me racist for the crime...a hate crime...and its 20yrs. Yea stupid idea if you ask me. Racism exists because we treat it as racism.

51. 0kax0el0

Posts: 238; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

If you search "subcampeonisimo" google maps will take you to "Estadio Azul" home of "Cruz Azul FC" team which hasn't been champion of the mexican league since the las millenium, but has earned the 2nd place quite many times.

63. HighOnAndroidFTW

Posts: 185; Member since: Apr 26, 2015

Um,... thanks..? Go back to licking windows

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