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Google refuses to remove offensive photoshopped Michelle Obama monkey face pic

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It's obviously a fake but google says it won't take down certain images, unless it's required by law to do so. Piccy in post 1 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8377922.stm Goo…
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7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
It's obviously a fake but google says it won't take down certain images, unless it's required by law to do so.

Piccy in post 1 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8377922.stm
Google has apologised over a racially offensive picture of Michelle Obama which appears when users search for images of the US first lady.

Please don't unneccesarily SPAM this as racist - as it's BBC news, thanks
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7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
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#1
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8377922.stm

http://www.flystylelife.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/michelle-obama-ape.jpg

Google has apologised over a racially offensive picture of Michelle Obama which appears when users search for images of the US first lady.

The image comes top of the Google Images results for "Michelle Obama".

Google placed a notice over the picture titled "Offensive Search Results", saying: "Sometimes our search results can be offensive. We agree."

But it refused to remove the image from its search. The White House has declined to comment.

Users who click on the advertisement above the image are directed to a statement from Google which explains that its results "can include disturbing content, even from innocuous queries".

"We apologise if you've had an upsetting experience using Google," the company says.

Google says a website's ranking in its search results relies heavily on computer algorithms, using thousands of factors to calculate a page's relevance to a given query.

But the search engine says it does not remove images simply because it receives complaints.

"Google views the integrity of our search results as an extremely important priority," it says.

"Accordingly, we do not remove a page from our search results simply because its content is unpopular or because we receive complaints concerning it."

However, the California-based web giant says it will take down certain images, if required by law to do so.

A spokesman for Google, Scott Rubin, would not give details on how the image - which has sparked fury in the blogosphere - ended up as top result for the wife of President Barack Obama.

'Slippery slope'

The picture first surfaced earlier this month, when it was removed because the site hosting it violated Google guidelines by spreading so-called malware - malicious software designed to infiltrate other computers.

But the image has now reappeared on another site, apparently untainted by malware, and therefore Google is bound by its own rules not to meddle with the search, say technology analysts.

David Vise, a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and author of The Google Story, told the BBC the search engine's results get to the top based on popularity, not because of any ranking system by people.

He added: "If Google got a call from the White House telling them it's against the law to have an offensive image of this kind which portrays the first lady in a racist manner as a monkey or an ape, then they would be obliged to take it down and I'm sure they would do so immediately."

But he said it would be a "very slippery slope" if Google were to try to police the limits of free speech.

"Once you begin to block images, who is to say. It's like the Supreme Court of the United States once said, 'what is pornography?' Well we can't define it, but we know it when we see it."
banned#2
post 1 doh too late



i can see why she would be offended
#3
Um type in president bush and you get this
http://larry5154.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/president-bush-eats-kitten-1259.jpg
#4
Racist, I'm afraid.
#5
its very racist.. but.. they cant be expected to pick out every dodgy photo on the internets... ?
#6
Although the picture could be described as racist, type in nearly anyone's name and an altered picture will show up.
Options google could use
1. Remove all pictures with photoshop (not going to happen)
2. Allow all pictures (seems fine to me)
#7
Slow news day for bbc.....
#8
Don't see the difference between that and for example Wayne Rooney being superimposed with Shreks face,
#9
There's many pictures of George W as a monkey/chimp/baboon too - are they racist...?
#10
aardvarking
There's many pictures of George W as a monkey/chimp/baboon too - are they racist...?


don't be an idiot
1 Like #11
aardvarking
There's many pictures of George W as a monkey/chimp/baboon too - are they racist...?


Don't you know, racism only goes one way?

http://images.google.co.uk/images?hl=en&safe=off&q=george%20bush%20monkey&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wi


Quick call the internet police.
#12
aardvarking
There's many pictures of George W as a monkey/chimp/baboon too - are they racist...?


Didn't they also do the same kind of photo on Martin Keown in his playing days ? Don't remember anyone apologising to him :?
#13
sven256
Don't you know, racism only goes one way?

http://images.google.co.uk/images?hl=en&safe=off&q=george%20bush%20monkey&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wi


Quick call the internet police.


Humphman
Didn't they also do the same kind of photo on Martin Keown in his playing days ? Don't remember anyone apologising to him :?


idiots
#14
hassony;7000823
idiots

Sounds like you are speaking from experience.... clown!
#15
hassony
idiots


I'm offended.

Please explain how it's different?
#16
Humphman
Don't see the difference between that and for example Wayne Rooney being superimposed with Shreks face,


+1 no one minds if its rooney
wrong
#17
hassony
idiots


Explain please
#18
sven256
I'm offended.

Please explain how it's different?


does it really needs an explanation
#19
another lame picture wow who cares
#20
there are soo many of these type of photos
someone mentioned rooney which is saw as "funny" gorge bush "funny" tony blair "funny"
etc etc

michelle obama wwwooooooooooaaaaah RACIST RACIST!!
#21
kerri_<3_bargain
there are soo many of these type of photos
someone mentioned rooney which is saw as "funny" gorge bush "funny" tony blair "funny"
etc etc

michelle obama wwwooooooooooaaaaah RACIST RACIST!!


Exactly right - One rule for one etc. :thumbsup:
#22
Humphman
Exactly right - One rule for one etc. :thumbsup:


yerrrp its true :thumbsup:
#23
I think your avatar is offensive for a family forum.
1 Like #24
Humphman
Explain please


the term monkey is often used by racists towards black people, remember all the banana throwing in football in the 80's, they weren't throwing it at Bryan Robson and waddle

saying that rooney looks like shrek ir hardly the same thing, now if rooney was of a certain green race, and they were all compared to shreks, than that would be comparable with the monkey thing
#25
hassony
does it really needs an explanation


Yes please

As there only seems to be you making a distinction on black people and white people, and how they should be treated.
#26
hassony
the term monkey is often used by racists towards black people, remember all the banana throwing in football in the 80's, they weren't throwing it at Bryan Robson and waddle

saying that rooney looks like shrek ir hardly the same thing, now if rooney was of a certain green race, and they were all compared to shreks, than that would be comparable with the monkey thing


annnnnnndd George Bush being made into a monkey is......................:roll:

you loser
1 Like #27
op how can you be sure this is a fake?

It's obviously a fake but google says it won't remove it unless it recieves a complaint


is this story not in the news because of a complaint ......what u mean they wont remove until they receive a complaint?
#28
abacus
I think your avatar is offensive for a family forum.


So do I
#29
Alfonse
annnnnnndd George Bush being made into a monkey is......................:roll:

you loser


it might offensive to the mass murdering ****, but is anyone implaying that all of the Bush family, or all americans, or all white people...etc look like monkeys?
#30
big-boy
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8377922.stm

But the search engine says it does not remove images simply because it receives complaints.

"Google views the integrity of our search results as an extremely important priority," it says.

"Accordingly, we do not remove a page from our search results simply because its content is unpopular or because we receive complaints concerning it."

However, the California-based web giant says it will take down certain images, if required by law to do so.


casparwhite
op how can you be sure this is a fake?

is this story not in the news because of a complaint ......what u mean they wont remove until they receive a complaint?
My bad :oops:, ammended :thumbsup:
#31
hassony
it might offensive to the mass murdering ****, but is anyone implaying that all of the Bush family, or all americans, or all white people...etc look like monkeys?


it might offensive to the mass murdering ****, but is anyone implaying that all of the Obama family, or all americans, or all black people...etc look like monkeys?
#32
hassony
it might offensive to the mass murdering ****, but is anyone implaying that all of the Bush family, or all americans, or all white people...etc look like monkeys?


oh right so you're justifying levels of offensiveness based on race now, so its not as bad for GW Bush

ok then

go back to playskool
#33
hassony
it might offensive to the mass murdering ****, but is anyone implaying that all of the Bush family, or all americans, or all white people...etc look like monkeys?


yes obviously if he has a monkey face put on him!!!!!!!1
it getts me angry this does!
they can do / say watever they like to white people
but once the table are turned they cant take it its "racist"

I am NOT racist at all but it gets me so mad
#34
The image comes top of the Google Images results for "Michelle Obama".


Not when I tried it it didn't......:thinking:

http://www.sojones.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/michelle-obama-sexy.jpg
#35
peodude
it might offensive to the mass murdering ****, but is anyone implaying that all of the Obama family, or all americans, or all black people...etc look like monkeys?


yes, thats exactly what they are saying
#36
kerri_<3_bargain
yes obviously if he has a monkey face put on him!!!!!!!1
it getts me angry this does!
they can do / say watever they like to white people
but once the table are turned they cant take it its "racist"

I am NOT racist at all but it gets me so mad



let me guess, you're voting for the BNP as a "protest vote":roll:
#37
hassony
let me guess, you're voting for the BNP as a "protest vote":roll:


let me guess, you're going to persue this thread because you only come out in the misc when a 'racism' thread occurs
#38
Alfonse;7001164
let me guess, you're going to persue this thread because you only come out in the misc when a 'racism' thread occurs

Cheeky Monkey :whistling: ;-)
#39
hassony
let me guess, you're voting for the BNP as a "protest vote":roll:
no i dont vote :)
#40
hassony
let me guess, you're voting for the BNP as a "protest vote":roll:


OMG you ALWAYS post and bring it down to a BNP thread :x [SIZE="5"][COLOR="Magenta"][COLOR="Red"]IT'S A BBC NEWS STORY NOT YOUR OPPOURTUNITY TO DISCUSS THE BNP[/COLOR][/COLOR][/SIZE]...................OK :thumbsup:

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