Responding to complaints, Google is taking steps to ensure that suggestions from its search engine do not include hateful ideas about those with the developmental disorder.
As of last week, Google searchers who entered the phrase “autistic people should” were prompted with suggestions including “be killed,” “die” and “be exterminated” by the search engine’s auto-complete function.
But in response to complaints from autism advocates who called the suggested searches offensive, Google officials say they are in the process of deprecating the questionable suggestions. Users will still be able to access all of the same websites through Google, but they will no longer be prompted toward the offensive phrases.
Nonetheless, not everyone within the autism community agrees that the change is appropriate, with some arguing that intentionally removing the suggestions from Google’s algorithm amounts to censorship, reports The (New Jersey) Star-Ledger. To read more click here.