Google apologizes for racial slurs on White House in Google Maps

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Google has apologized after results surfaced that searching racial slurs such as the N-word on Google Maps points to the location of the White House.

When slurs such as “N—– house” are searched, Google Maps points directly to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., currently the place of residence of President Barack Obama.

The finding first came from The Washington Post, who discovered there are many variations for offensive searches that lead to the White House.

“Some inappropriate results are surfacing in Google Maps that should not be, and we apologize for any offense this may have caused,” said a Google spokesperson after the reports were made. “Our teams are working to fix this issue quickly.”

Google is temporarily disabling editing on Map Maker starting today, and will be giving an update on May 27. Until then, errors and irregularities may still be seen.

There has been a history of strange findings on Google Maps. A few weeks ago it was discovered that just on the outskirts of the Pakistani town of Rawalpindi, there is an Android logo urinating on the Apple logo.

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