Google has apologized after its image recognition software labeled photos of black people as gorillas.
This new application uses an auto-tagging feature to organize pictures. However, people were outraged when the software misidentified images of Jacky Alcine, a computer programmer, and his friend as the great apes.
Google declared that it was “appalled” and “genuinely sorry” for the mistake.
Alcine took on Twitter after spotting these mislabeled pictures of him and his friend:
“Google Photos, y’all f***** up. My friend’s not a gorilla.”
“The only thing under this tag is my friend and I being tagged as a gorilla.”
“What kind of sample image data you collected that would result in this son?”
“And it’s only photos I have with her it’s doing this with.”
“I understand how this happens, the problem is more so on the why. This is how you determine someone’s target market.”
Yonatan Zunger, the chief architect of social at Google, noticed these tweets and promised Alcine that Google’s programmers were fixing the problem.
“Thank you for telling us so quickly. Sheesh. High on my list of bugs you *never* want to see happen. Shudder,” said Zunger.