Google the words ‘Three Black Teenagers’ and ‘Three White Teenagers’ one at a time and see the different results brought about by just changing a single word.
That is what has been the talk on social media for the past few days after Kabir Alli, an 18-year-old graduating senior from Clover Hill High School in Midlothian,posted a video on Twitter showing contrasting results for the two searches.
On searching for ‘Three black teenagers’ a series of police mugshots appeared but on checking for ‘Three white teenagers’,he found groups of young,smiling people.
— Qasim (@Q_Piece) March 29, 2016
People took to Twitter using the hashtag #threeblackteenagers to discuss the video while referring to online racism.
Even as many Tweeps pointed a finger at Google for being racist,the search engine,in its defence,said that its image search results are a reflection of what’s on the Web, including the frequency with which certain types of images appear and how they are described.
“This means that sometimes unpleasant portrayals of sensitive subject matter online can affect what image search results appear for a given query,”the statement read.”These results don’t reflect Google’s own opinions or beliefs — as a company, we strongly value a diversity of perspectives, ideas and cultures.”