[Ed. – So now Google is microaggressing people by not censoring its search results according to their sensitivities. See below the mindlessly imbecilic online poll you can respond to on this topic.]
A tweet by Twitter user @BonKamona has gone viral this week and sparked an international conversation, after she drew attention to the Google Image search results she found when looking up “unprofessional hairstyles for work” and “professional hairstyles for work.”
Her post was retweeted more than 10,000 times in less than two days and drew a slew of responses, many of them critical of Google and of the perceived “racism” of the results.
However, others noted that many of the images that appeared in the results for “unprofessional hairstyles for work” linked through to articles and blog posts featuring thoughtful discussion the issue of black women’s hair being deemed “unacceptable” for the workplace. …
Google told Metro.co.uk: “This is fundamentally a societal problem — there are persistent and problematic biases, and they’re quite pervasive in the media, on the web, etc – meta-tagging their images with their own descriptions.
“Search engines in turn reflect what’s on the web. This is not unique to our search engine; Yahoo! and Bing show similar results. …”