*Typing a combination of the N-word and the word “house” into Google Maps is pulling up the White House for some users, and folks at the search engine are currently “working to fix it.”
HuffPost Politics was one of the first to be alerted to the glitch. A Twitter user named Bomani Buckhalter posted an image of the map.
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Buckhalter told the Huffington Post:
“The screenshot first appeared from a fellow Howard University alum in our alumni GroupMe. I tested it out myself, and it started to spread rapidly in the other Howard University/DMV area GroupMe,” Buckhalter told The Huffington Post.
“It is location based, so [for] some of the students that are not currently in D.C., the search result was different. However, even if you’re not in D.C., ‘n**** house Washington D.C.’ shows the same result,” he added.
In one case, a user discovered the same search phrase led to a Waffle House. Another pointed to Howard University, a historically black college, the website reported.
A Google spokesman said the company was aware of the problem and trying to figure out what’s behind it:
“Some inappropriate results are surfacing in Google Maps that should not be, and we apologize for any offense this may have caused. Our teams are working to fix this issue quickly.”