Typing a combination of a racial slur and the word house into Google Maps is pulling up the White House for some users.
Howard University alumni Bomani Buckhalter told the Huffington Post that friends told him that searching “N***** house” in Google Maps pulled up 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Buckhalter said that the search doesn’t work for everyone though many in the D.C. area have been able to duplicate it.
“It is location-based, so for some of the students that are not currently in D.C., the search result was different. However, even if you’re not in D.C., ‘[N] House Washington D.C.’ shows the same result,'” he added.
USA TODAY Network tried the search “N***** house, Washington D.C.” on Wednesday morning and the slur directed us to the White House. The search “N***** king” also pulls up the White House address.
Google told the Washington Post they are aware of the situation and working to fix it. Initial efforts by USA TODAY Network to reach Google have proved unsuccessful.
This isn’t the first time users have used Google Maps in an offensive manner. On May 12, Google shut down its Map Maker function after a user drew an Android icon urinating on an Apple logo.
The Map Marker function allowed users to draw roads, rivers and green spaces into Google Maps.
“We have been experiencing escalated attacks to spam Google Maps over the past few months. The most recent incident was particularly troubling and unfortunate. A strong user in our community chose to go and create a large scale prank on the Map,” Pavithra Kanakarajan, a Google Map Maker team member said in a post after the Google Maps hack.
Google suspended auto-approval after the Google Maps incident and said they were working to find a solution.
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