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Google Maps Pinpoints White House When Searching Racist Term

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | May 22, 2015

Google Maps Pinpoints White House When Searching Racist Term

Google Maps is an app many travelers lean on when trying to find their destination, but there have been several cases of people hacking into the system to cause mischief or try to offend people, and that was the situation once again Tuesday.

According to Lauren Boyer of, users discovered Tuesday that when a racist slur—the n-word—and “house” are typed into the Google Maps search box together, a destination marker is placed on The White House.

Not only did the despicable act offend anyone with an ounce of common sense, but it also has brought Google serious backlash. This is not the first time Google Maps has been hacked, but this latest act should result in major cyber security upgrades.

In response, a Google spokesperson told the U.S. News, “Some inappropriate results are surfacing in Google Maps that should not be, and we apologize for any offense this may have caused. Our teams are working to fix this issue quickly.”

In the report from Boyer, one of the latest pranks was discovered in April when a “park in the shape of an Android robot urinating on an Apple logo” was found on Google Maps when looking at Pakistan.

Another incident related to The White House was someone editing “Edwards Snow Den” into the map of President Barack Obama’s home.

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