Google Photos Commits Blunder; Mislables 2 Black Americans as Gorillas

google photos blunder
google photos blunder


Recently launched Google Photos is quite suave and smart. It automatically arranges your photographs into folders pertaining to their category. It recognizes your photos either from their background or from the previous set of photographs.

An amazing application but not the ultimate. It committed a blunder recently when the algorithm by Google processed a photo of two black friends and labeled them “Gorillas”.

Jacky Alcine Tweet

Google’s spokesperson told Yahoo Tech:

We’re appalled and genuinely sorry that this happened.

Google sorry tweet

The incident occurred when Jacky Alcine, noticed a folder generated by the application titled “Gorillas”. Furious as he was to find pictures of himself and his friend inside the folder.

After being alerted of their faux pas, Google immediately contacted Alcine and apologised for the glitch and sorted the problem within hours.

Google’s representative had this to say:

We are taking immediate action to prevent this type of result from appearing. There is still clearly a lot of work to do with automatic image labeling, and we’re looking at how we can prevent these types of mistakes from happening in the future

This is not the first time that a facial recognition software has failed so badly. Tech giant HP had to face severe criticism and embarrassment when their facial recognition software was unable to detect a black person’s face.

Every company that creates facial detection software tests it on people of all races and colours and even objects too. But still there are times like this one that it could fail. It is merely a software and software can have bugs right? Google has promised to look into their algorithm again.

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