Google Translate Removes Gay Slurs From Its App, But Why Were They Even There In The First Place?


Google found itself in hot water recently when its Google Translate program began translating the word "gay" into offensive terms in foreign languages. On Monday, Google issued an apology for showing gay slurs on its Translate tool, blaming an unfortunate glitch in the system. According to the LGBTQ organization All Out, Google Translate was offering a list of derogatory terms when users typed in the word "gay." Among these terms were "poof," "faggot," and "queen." In a statement on its website, All Out said:

All Out urged the tech giant to remove the derogatory terms from its Translate app, collecting more than 52,000 signatures as of this week. The organization's campaign worked: Last Friday, Google scrubbed those words from the translating system.

Google issued the following statement to All Out:

Here's what the Google Translate list of terms for "gay" looked like before it was fixed, via All Out:

"Thousands of us signed the urgent petition and Google heard us," All Out said in the statement. "This is how powerful we are when we stand together." Google "did the right thing" by apologizing and fixing its system immediately, said All Out Executive Director Andre Banks. Banks told ABC News on Tuesday:

Google has long been a supporter of gay rights, and it even has its own employee resource program, called "Gayglers," composed of LGBTQ Googlers and their allies. The tech giant was also named the third-best company in America for LGBTQ employees in 2014 by the online jobs community

Images: screenshot/Google Translate, screenshot/All Out