Google search suggestions can often provide a pretty funny window into the human mind by revealing the bizarre questions people frequently ask. Just typing “why” into the search box yields such gems as “Why can’t I own a Canadian?” and “Why is my poop green?” But amid the comedy, Google can also reveal the host of racial curiosities searchers have, as typing in just “why do b” leads to suggestions like “Why do black people love fried chicken?” and “Why do black people have weird names?” even alongside the more innocuous “Why Do Birds Suddenly Appear lyrics.” So even though this latest racial search suggestion was caused by a hacker, it’s doubtful anyone was terribly surprised by its appearance. – NewsOne Staff
From the Telegraph:
Google offered “Why are black people so ugly?” as a search suggestion after hackers avoided the firm’s filtering process.
The question appeared when internet users typed in the word “why” and Google offered the question in full as one of its suggestions for what you may be about to write.
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The firm has extensive filters which are intended to remove offensive suggestions but hackers appear to have got around the controls and web users picked up on it.
Warren Degallerie, 23, said: “I was helping my nine-year-old niece with her homework. Before she knew it that line had appeared. We are both black and I couldn’t believe how something like that could be allowed to happen.
“I had to try to explain to a young girl how Google could let it appear.”
He contacted The Sun newspaper which alerted Google and the glitch was fixed.
By Monday morning the automatic suggestion had disappeared. Users typing in “why” were offered options including “why am i tired” and “why do cats purr”.
However, there remained the race-related question “why are michael jackson’s kids white”.