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Google Edits Translate To Remove Homophobic Translations For 'Gay'

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Google’s translating feature recently caught the attention of All Out, an LGBT crowdsourcing platform, after it was discovered that the search giant suggested slurs such as “poof,” “queen,” and “faggot” as synonyms for gay:

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“Imagine learning English and being taught to say hateful insults instead of neutral language for ‘gay,’” The call to action reads. “Google Translate - used by over 500 million people every month - was suggesting slurs as synonyms for the word ‘gay.’”

Google, which in the past has been highlighted for its commitment to workplace LGBT equality, swiftly responded to the more than 50,000 people who signed the petition with a frank apology.

“As soon as we were informed we immediately worked to fix the issue,” Google said in a statement. “We apologize for any offense this has caused people.”


Google Fund Gears Up To Support Charlie Hebdo's Largest Print Run

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The Google-backed Fund for Digital Innovation is teaming up with with a number of French newspapers in preparation for the largest print run of Charlie Hebdo. Typically Charlie Hebdo has a circulation of about 60,000, but next week the surviving staff of the satirical French magazine will print and distribute 1 million copies of the upcoming issue. The decision for the expanded run comes days after eight staff members and were killed by extremists in an act of terrorism.

Four other victims were also killed in the attack that took place near the magazine’s headquarters. The deaths quickly sparked outcry across the globe in the form of physical protests and digital gathering around the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie. The upcoming issue will feature contributions from journaliss from across Europe. The Fund for Digital Innovation has pledged €250,000 ($300,000), a number French newspapers have agreed to match, in order to assist with the unprecedented release.

"It's very hard. We are all suffering, with grief, with fear, but we will do it anyway because stupidity will not win," Hebdo columnist Patrick Pelloux told Agence France Presse"Stupidity will not win."

 


'Ass Hunter' Game Requiring Players to 'Kill Gays' Pulled from Google Store Following Outrage

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Google has removed a game from its Play store that tasks players with hunting and killing gays after news began spreading online about the offensive app. 

The game, Ass Hunters, stated in the description: 

Play and do not be gay! Legendary game where you are hunter and your mission is to kill gays as much as you can or escape between them to the next level. Gays may be hidden in bushes and unexpectedly catch you. Remember when they catch you they will do with you whatever they want 

Although its unknown exactly when the game first appeared on Google Play, Metro UK reports the game is actually several years old and was downloaded 10,000 times over the past two days.

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Applications on Google Play must adhere to the developer program policies, which ban content depicting sexually explicit material, violence and bullying, or hate speech. 

Towleroad has reached out to Google for comment. 


Lesbian Couple's North Carolina Home Labeled with Anti-gay Slur on Google Maps: VIDEO

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North Carolina Teen Google Maps His House and Finds Anti-Gay Slur on Home Address: VIDEO

A 17-year-old teen found a nasty surprised when he Google mapped his Canton, North Carolina home reports The Advocate. Dakota Bonham, son of Jennifer Mann and Jodie Mcdaniel, switched to street view and found their home address renamed to "Fagits live here." The couple expressed shock and surprise and say that they've never encountered any hostilities from neighbors in the four years they've lived on Hilltop Farm Road. The couple contacted Google to remove the heinous, albeit misspelled slur from the site.

Said Mann:

"My son was on Google Maps at school when he (searched) 'street view' for our address and it said, 'Fagits live here.'"

"I just thought, 'Are you kidding me?' I tried to contact Google, but I was put on hold forever and ever and ever. This day and time, with people and hate, you just can't live your life."

Google finally took action when The Asheville-Citizen Times asked Google to remove the slur on behalf of Mann and McDaniel. The description stayed on the site for at least a month before it was finally removed on Wednesday.

McDaniel previously had a window sticker of two pink deer face to face, and that decal was visible from the street when the Google street mapping car came by last summer reports Asheville-Citizen TimesIt's unclear who authorized the change; it's possible that the change was created and authorized through Google Map Maker by fellow peers as Google only moderates "high-profile," features however, Map Maker's guidelines do state that obscene and profane content is not allowed. 

Bonham, who has two other siblings ages 23 and 15, expressed disgust over the discovery.

Said Bonham:

"I was just like, 'What the hell?' It's just kind of messed up. They should kind of grow up a little bit."

Watch Mann and McDaniel's interview with WLOS-TV News, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Google's New Android Ad Features Blink-and-You'll-Miss-It Gay Marriage Proposal: VIDEO

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Google is rolling out the latest version of its popular Android operating system codenamed “Lollipop” along with a new tagline: “Android: Be Together. Not The Same.”

The tagline is a direct response to competitors who have criticized the the company’s phone OS for being fragmented. In a new ad for Android, however, Google is owning that technological diversity and translating it into real world metaphors.

“Good things happen when everybody’s invited,” Google SVP of Android and apps Sundai Pichai wrote in a blog post. “And the best part is that every time someone new joins in, things get more interesting, unexpected, and wonderful for all of us.”

The ad, which is composed mainly of crowdsourced footage from YouTube, features Alex Unick proposing to his fiancée Zach Udko. Though the clip of the proposal is quick, it’s a visible continuation of Google’s commitment to LGBT-inclusive advertisement. Last year, Mountain View-based company reached across the globe to help gay and lesbian couples in France and Chile get married by connecting them to a Belgian mayor who would officiate their weddings via Google Hangout.

Watch Google’s newest LGBT-inclusive ad AFTER THE JUMP...

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Openly Gay Google Exec Megan Smith Named U.S. Chief Technology Officer: VIDEO

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Megan Smith, a Google executive and former CEO of the online LGBT community site PlanetOut, has been selected by President Obama as the new Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. 

As CTO, Smith will "lead Administration-wide efforts to unleash the power of technology, data, and innovation to help meet our nation’s goals and the needs of our citizens."

Said Obama of Smith's selection:

Megan has spent her career leading talented teams and taking cutting-edge technology and innovation initiatives from concept to design to deployment. I am confident that in her new role as America’s Chief Technology Officer, she will put her long record of leadership and exceptional skills to work on behalf of the American people. I am grateful for her commitment to serve, and I look forward to working with her and with our new Deputy U.S. CTO, Alexander Macgillivray, in the weeks and months ahead.

The Washington Post adds:

Smith, the new U.S. CTO, is an MIT-trained mechanical engineer and entrepreneur with deep roots in the California tech world. She currently serves as a vice president at Google[x], the company's lab for ambitious next-generation projects, like its delivery-by-drone Project Wing and its balloon-borne Internet connectivity program Project Loon. For nine years, Smith led Google's team responsible for developing new business, where she led the acquisitions that would become Google Earth and Google Maps. And she's familiar to Washington's burgeoning "civic tech" community through her work with the Google Crisis Response project.

Check out a Bloomberg report on how Smith might shape the tech policy landscape in her new position, AFTER THE JUMP...

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