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Google News: Search Engine Giant Fixes Bugs In Its Translation Service After Coming Under Fire From LGBT Community For Homophobic Insults!

By Vinay Patel | January 28, 2015 11:51 AM EST


Look like Google is on LGBT activist group hit list after a bug in its translation service spewed homophobic insults, as they are doing what they can to fix the issue.

Google is presently under fire owing to its translation tool. The tool automatically replaces the word "gay" with homophobic slurs like "fairy," "queen" and "poof." According to reports from SMN Weekly, the bug in Google's translation service code has reportedly been fixed after the LBGT petition site, bashed Google due to to this incident.

Google's translation service was doing fine until recently, when translating definitions of words like gay and homosexuals into homophobic insults such as "faggot." The US-headquartered multinational corporation has made a full apology and claimed to have remediated the issue.

A spokesperson from Google explained their side of the story.

"As soon as we were informed that some of our translations for certain terms were serving inappropriate results, we immediately began working to fix the issue. We apologize for any offense this has caused people. Our systems produce translations automatically based on existing translations on the web. So, we appreciate when users point out issues such as this."

However, Mail Online reports that the translation system still brings up those insulting words as campaigners from an equality group called 'All Out' first made the shocking discovery whenever the Russian word for "gay" was translated into English, it comes out as "sodomite" and "pansy boy." It was no surprise that many people felt offended by these downright insulting descriptions.

"Imaging learning English and being taught to say hateful insults, instead of neutral language for 'gay.' Google Translate," the petition website said, "used by over 500 million people every month - was suggesting slurs as synonyms for the word 'gay.' Thousands of us signed the urgent petition and Google heard us. This is how powerful we are when we stand together."

Apparently only the LGBT community seems to be affected by the bug as racial or gender translations do not return racist or sexist put-downs in the same way that translation of homosexual terms did.

Google has displayed Google Doodles and quotes that have implied support for the LGBT community and has a rather progressive standing as a supporter of the community. In Addition, Google offer competitive benefit packages to its gay employees, who often refer to themselves as "Gayglers."

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