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Google apologises for photo-app tagging mishap

Google was thrown into the fire again over its new photo-app that automatically tags pictures, when it tagged a picture of two black men as “gorillas”.

The tech-giant has apologised to the people offended by the remarks after one of the friends posted on social media.

Jacky Alciné tweeted on Sunday after a photo of him and a friend was mislabelled as “gorillas” by the app.  He said that the Google messed up, when they labelled them, in the tweet.

Shortly after, Alciné was contacted by Yonatan Zunger, the chief architect of social at Google.

“Big thanks for helping us fix this: it makes a real difference,” Zunger tweeted to Alciné.

He went on to say that problems in image recognition can be caused by obscured faces and “different contrast processing needed for different skin tones and lighting”.

“We used to have a problem with people (of all races) being tagged as dogs, for similar reasons,” he said. “We’re also working on longer-term fixes around both linguistics (words to be careful about in photos of people) and image recognition itself (e.g., better recognition of dark-skinned faces). Lots of work being done and lots still to be done, but we’re very much on it.”

The tagging system was also a problem earlier this year when they tagged the White House and the President of the US as racial slurs to offend black people.

Source: The Guardian