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Google glitch refers to World War II sex slave as ‘prostitute’

Jan 09,2018
Google came under fire Monday for describing a victim of Japan’s sexual slavery during World War II as a “prostitute” in its Korean search engine, which it claims was caused by an “error” in its algorithm.

When searching the name of Moon Ok-ju, an activist and victim of Japan’s enslavement of Korean women in wartime brothels, Google’s Korean search engine produces a profile that describes her as a “prostitute.”

In an official statement, Google said its search results may differ from actual facts and claimed that search results are produced automatically through an algorithm. The description was removed after the matter came to light.

Yonhap