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Searching For 'Bitches Near Me' On Google Returns Locations Of Girls Hostels, Schools and PGs

Blame it either on the algorithm, or on society.

Raka Mukherjee | News18.com@RakaMukherjeee

Updated:November 28, 2018, 9:30 AM IST
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Searching For 'Bitches Near Me' On Google Returns Locations Of Girls Hostels, Schools and PGs
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Looking for girls hostels and PGs near you? Google has got you covered. Just search 'Bitches Near Me.'

The pretty horrifying revelation came to light when a Twitter user posted a screenshot of searching 'bitches near me' on Google maps, which showed the search results as girls hostels and PGs near your current location.

Originally posted by user @trollenku, someone discovered how the search term even included girls schools near your location.

The fact that this is sexist, not to mention extremely disrespectful exists - didn't go down with most people.

And this wasn't limited to a particular city - but apparently everywhere in the world.

The implications of what this would mean, is also not great.

After this, Google fixed it, people started citing that this was a 'bug.' There was no acknowledgement on part of Google, though.

However, this isn't the first time this 'bug' has affected Google. In 2017, searching "South Indian Masala" turned up images of girls from Southern India.

If we go on to cite how this is all but an algorithm - that 'bitches near me' has been searched so many times that it's been associated with women and their locations. But AI is machine based - So who's really at fault?

The answer is you and me, and us as a collective society. We add to it by searching for women in disrespectful terms. Even though this is a 'glitch' that Google has fixed - how many other degrading terms for women do we have to keep googling until society stops searching for 'Bitches near me?'

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