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Google news glitch confuses black businessmen, monkeys

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by moegolden, Nov 2, 2007.

  1. moegolden

    moegolden Perv-switch toggler

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    I thought this would just be another technical glitch story, but someone saw fit to take into racial territory right away.


    http://apnews.myway.com/article/20071102/D8SLP4T80.html


    Glitch Mismatches Photos, News on Google
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    Nov 2, 5:09 PM (ET)

    NEW YORK (AP) - Engineers at Google Inc. (GOOG) are working to resolve a problem on the company's Google News site that has resulted in some photos and news stories being mismatched.

    Searches conducted on Google News on Friday occasionally returned photos from Reuters Group PLC (RTRSY) that didn't match the stories they were listed next to, such as a shot of bunches of vegetables that appeared alongside a story about a Japanese merger firm.

    Another story listed on Google News' top business stories had a Reuters photo of a guitarist next to a Wall Street Journal story about Sprint Nextel considering changes to a wireless Internet service plan.

    Google's news pages are automated and use computer coding, or algorithms, to select and display stories. Google spokesman Gabriel Stricker said its algorithms appeared to be mismatching some material, but the problem appeared to be mainly with photos from Reuters.

    Stricker said Google's engineers are working to solve the glitch and it wasn't clear why the problem appears to be associated with Reuters material.

    A Reuters spokeswoman didn't immediately return a call for comment.

    Newsweek magazine posted a story online late Thursday pointing out that last week Google News displayed photos of two monkeys next to stories about the expected departure of Dick Parsons as chief executive of Time Warner Inc. (TWX)

    Parsons is one of the most prominent black executives in the country, and Newsweek pointed out that "few images of racism" are as offensive to blacks as monkeys.

    Stricker called the mismatches "a really unfortunate mistake, and we're working very hard to fix it."

    A Time Warner spokesman declined to comment.
     
  2. moegolden

    moegolden Perv-switch toggler

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    oops...this should go to "current events"
     
  3. Kris_LTRMa

    Kris_LTRMa LoseTheRadio.net's Ma

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    It's always about race ... but the monkey glitch is funny as hell
     
  4. CM Mark

    CM Mark The East is Ours!

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    qft
     
  5. Sinn Fein

    Sinn Fein Infidel and White Interloper
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    Someone call Rev. Al!
     
  6. Newmania

    Newmania **I move away from the mic to fuck your mother.

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    Fixed.
     
  7. mikeybot

    mikeybot SPANAKOPITA!!!

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    What glitch?
     
  8. BCH

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    Wow, the fact that racism even entered into this story is proof that we're doomed.
     
  9. Gunder

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    interesting

    Awesome, that's sweet!
     
  10. Gunder

    Gunder New Wackbag

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  11. Rattlehead

    Rattlehead Hey Asshole Face!

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    Ah here we go i guess the Rev is gonna organize an e-march on the internet.

    fucking faggots, how about complaining about the thugs in your community that are dealing drugs, and letting stray bullets hit children. Oh yeah that's whitey's fault.
     
  12. Stormrider666

    Stormrider666 Hell is home.

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    I have to ask. What's with the new trend of bringing up old threads.
     

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