A few days ago if you searched for the word “N**** house” on google maps it would take you straight to the White House among the top search results.
The White House happens to be the official residence of President Barack Obama, the first black President of the USA.
Upon notification, google flagged it and fixed the issue within hours.
But users have pointed out that hundreds of other derogatory terms entered into the search bar can see users directed to specific points on the map.
In a new blog post, the search company said it was “deeply upset” by the problem and was working to overhaul how some of its search algorithms work.
It said: “This week, we heard about a failure in our system – loud and clear.
“Certain offensive search terms were triggering unexpected maps results, typically because people had used the offensive term in online discussions of the place.
“This surfaced inappropriate results that users likely weren’t looking for.
“Like many of you, we were deeply upset by this issue, and we are fixing it now. We apologise this has taken some time to resolve.”