Google Maps apologized on Wednesday after discovering that internet searches using racist language detected the White House, currently home to US President Barack Obama, who is Black.
The issue was revealed after the internet magnate noticed searches combining a racial slur and the word "house" took people to the White House on Google's online mapping program.
A Google Maps search conducted by AFP on Wednesday using a variation on the racist expression gave the result of the White House's location in US capital Washington D.C. along with the description the "iconic home of America's president."
"Some inappropriate results are surfacing in Google Maps that should not be, and we apologize for any offense this may have caused," the global technology company said in a statement.
"Our teams are working to fix this issue quickly," the statement added.
It remains unclear whether the results of AFP's search occurred from a flawed algorithm, or was manipulated by a user taking advantage of the site's editing capabilities.
In any case, it's not the first time users have made inappropriate and/or bogus edits to Google's crowd-sourcing Map Maker feature. As such the service became "temporarily unavailable" according to a message posted online Tuesday.