"Google Photos, y'all fucked up. My friend's not a gorilla," read the tweet that had Google scrambling yesterday to fix an errant algorithm in its Google Photos app that's clearly still learning its way. Anyone who's used Google Photos is probably by now used to its not uncommon and sometimes humorous mislabeling of images, but as the New York Times points out, "some mistakes are bigger than others," such as when "a Brooklyn software developer named Jacky Alciné, who is black, used Twitter to post an image that showed his Google Photos app had labeled a picture of Mr. Alciné and a friend as 'gorillas.'" Google's heavy-handed duct tape solution for now? "temporarily removing nearly everything having to do with gorillas, including the ability to search for gorillas and the entire gorillas label." Yep, that'll teach it.
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