‘Three black teenagers’ Google search sparks outrage
There is a starting difference between what you get when you Google “three black teenagers” and what shows up with “three white teenagers”.
Kabir Alli, an 18-year-old graduating senior from Clover Hill High School in Midlothian, Va., posted a video clip on Twitter this week of a Google image search for “three black teenagers” which turned up an array of police mugshots. He and friends then searched for “three white teenagers,” and found groups of smiling young people…
In an emailed statement, Google said its image search results are a reflection of what’s on the Web, including the frequency with which certain types of images appear and how they are described.
“This means that sometimes unpleasant portrayals of sensitive subject matter online can affect what image search results appear for a given query,” the statement read. “These results don’t reflect Google’s own opinions or beliefs — as a company, we strongly value a diversity of perspectives, ideas and cultures.”