What's on Google's Gaydar?

By Steve Bryant  |  Posted 2006-08-01 Print this article Print

Google's translation product provides a derogatory translation for the word "gay" in Arabic, according to a recent article in pinknews.co.uk. The article claims that when a user enters the word "gay" into Google Translate, "luti" is returned, which means "sodomite" in Arabic.

The translation upset the administrator of the Gay Middle East Journal, who wrote an open letter to Google about the problem. When Google returned a form letter, the admin accused Google of not caring about how its software offends homosexuals.

According to pinknews, Google has since said it would fix the problem.

P.S: Just a friendly warning: Please refrain from using offensive speech about sexual preferences in the comments.

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