Google refuses to remove offensive photoshopped Michelle Obama monkey face pic

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Found 25th Nov 2009
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 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>‌ news.bbc.co.uk/2/h…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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news.bbc.co.uk/2/h…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."

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i can see why she would be offended

Um type in president bush and you get this
http://larry5154.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/president-bush-eats-kitten-1259.jpg

Racist, I'm afraid.

its very racist.. but.. they cant be expected to pick out every dodgy photo on the internets... ?

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)

Slow news day for bbc.....

Don't see the difference between that and for example Wayne Rooney being superimposed with Shreks face,

There's many pictures of George W as a monkey/chimp/baboon too - are they racist...?

aardvarking;7000738

There's many pictures of George W as a monkey/chimp/baboon too - are they … There's many pictures of George W as a monkey/chimp/baboon too - are they racist...?



don't be an idiot

aardvarking;7000738

There's many pictures of George W as a monkey/chimp/baboon too - are they … 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?

images.google.co.uk/ima…=wi


Quick call the internet police.

aardvarking;7000738

There's many pictures of George W as a monkey/chimp/baboon too - are they … 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 :?

sven256;7000789

Don't you know, racism only goes one … 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=wiQuick call the internet police.



Humphman;7000792

Didn't they also do the same kind of photo on Martin Keown in his playing … 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

hassony;7000823

idiots


Sounds like you are speaking from experience.... clown!

hassony;7000823

idiots



I'm offended.

Please explain how it's different?

Humphman;7000728

Don't see the difference between that and for example Wayne Rooney being … 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

hassony;7000823

idiots



Explain please

sven256;7000838

I'm offended.Please explain how it's different?



does it really needs an explanation

another lame picture wow who cares

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!!

kerri_ there are soo many of these type of photossomeone mentioned rooney which is saw as "funny" gorge bush "funny" tony blair "funny"etc etcmichelle obama wwwooooooooooaaaaah RACIST RACIST!!

Humphman;7000914

Exactly right - One rule for one etc. :thumbsup:



yerrrp its true :thumbsup:

I think your avatar is offensive for a family forum.

Humphman;7000856

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

hassony;7000877

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.

hassony;7000948

the term monkey is often used by racists towards black people, remember … 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 waddlesaying 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

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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 … 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?

abacus;7000947

I think your avatar is offensive for a family forum.



So do I

Alfonse;7000979

annnnnnndd George Bush being made into a monkey … 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?

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big-boy;7000537

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8377922.stmBut the search engine says … http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8377922.stmBut 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;7000980

op how can you be sure this is a fake?is this story not in the news … 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:

hassony;7001035

it might offensive to the mass murdering ****, but is anyone implaying … 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?

hassony;7001035

it might offensive to the mass murdering ****, but is anyone implaying … 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

hassony;7001035

it might offensive to the mass murdering ****, but is anyone implaying … 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

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

peodude;7001070

it might offensive to the mass murdering ****, but is anyone implaying … 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

kerri_ yes obviously if he has a monkey face put on him!!!!!!!1it getts me angry this does!they can do / say watever they like to white peoplebut once the table are turned they cant take it its "racist"I am NOT racist at all but it gets me so mad

hassony;7001140

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

Alfonse;7001164

let me guess, you're going to persue this thread because you only come … 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: ;-)

hassony;7001140

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

no i dont vote

Original Poster

hassony;7001140

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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