July 02, 2015
Google offered a public apology to a customer via Twitter after its new photo app allegedly auto-tagged two black people as gorillas.
Twitter user @jackyalcine tweeted out a photo collection of several auto-tagged images, including one of two people tagged as gorillas, along with a message calling Google out on the mishap.
Google Photos, y'all fucked up. My friend's not a gorilla. pic.twitter.com/SMkMCsNVX4— diri noir avec banan (@jackyalcine) June 29, 2015
Jonathan Zunger, a chief architect at Google according to his Twitter account, responded to the tweet with an explanation and apology.
Zunger also said Google was working to fix the error, which was the result of an algorithm glitch, The Guardian reports.
@jackyalcine Handing it to the team. Seriously, big thanks for helping us fix this: it makes a real difference.— Yonatan Zunger (@yonatanzunger) June 29, 2015