Thursday, February 07, 2013
Google accused of racism after black names are 25% more likely to bring up adverts for criminal records checks
Black mothers DO often give their children fancy names and blacks ARE far more likely than whites to commit crimes of violence so the Google results are simply reflecting reality
Google has been accused of racism after allegedly linking names usually associated with black people to adverts related to criminality.
A Harvard University professor found 'significant discrimination' after comparing the adverts which appear when searching a typically black name compared with those for typically white names.
Findings showed that names typically associated with black people were 25 per cent more likely to bring up adverts related to criminality.
The study by Latanya Sweeney contrasted online searches using names such as 'Ebony' and 'DeShawn,' with those such as 'Jill' and 'Geoffrey.'
She found that adverts posted alongside search results for names likely to belong to black people were more likely to offer services like background checks for arrests and criminal records.
Searches using white-sounding names were less likely to result in advert results which suggested criminality, Professor Sweeney's research indicated.
While most names brought back adverts for public records, typically black names were much more likely to bring back those that included the word 'arrest'.