By Steve Dellar  |  11-27-2017   News
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Another embarrassment for Google this weekend after some users posted screenshots of the autofill feature that gave some disturbing results after users would type ‘how to have’ into the search bar.

Dozens of users reported that a YouTube search for "how to have" is autocompleting with pedophiliac phrases. Some also suspected that it could be part of a larger coordinated trolling effort.

The first two results when typing in the ‘how to’ phrase in the search bar showed up as "how to have s*x with your kids" and "how to have s*x kids."

When questioned, the Google company replied through a spokesman, who said: "Earlier today our teams were alerted to this awful autocomplete result and we worked to quickly remove it. We are investigating this matter to determine what was behind the appearance of this auto-completion."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Yo <a href="https://twitter.com/YouTube?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Youtube</a> your autofill bot needs to chill smh <a href="https://t.co/mOBVvyLyxk">pic.twitter.com/mOBVvyLyxk</a></p>&mdash; 乇乂ㄒ尺卂 ㄒ卄丨匚匚 (@squisheesquish) <a href="https://twitter.com/squisheesquish/status/934934890637905921?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 27, 2017</a></blockquote>

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Other searches produced responses that also used the asterisked "s*x" word.

Mr Charlie Warzel, an IT-specialist writing for Buzzfeed claimed that the use of the asterisk replacing the "e" in the word "sex" across lots of different searches suggested deliberate action could possibly be behind it: "The results are very specific and could be the result of a co-ordinated campaign to game the algorithm."

The timing is very unfortunate for Youtube, as they were widely criticized a week ago after an investigation in the UK found tens of thousands of predatory videos on the channels. As a result, big sponsors like Mars, Lidl and Adidas pulled their adverts.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Search &quot;How to have&quot; in <a href="https://twitter.com/YouTube?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@YouTube</a> check out what the fist autofill results are….Remember WE are the ones banned for 90 days for being right wing. <a href="https://t.co/52TtxXNuGd">pic.twitter.com/52TtxXNuGd</a></p>&mdash; Revenge Of The Cis (@ROTCMedia) <a href="https://twitter.com/ROTCMedia/status/934933302800277504?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 26, 2017</a></blockquote>

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On Twitter, commenters wrote that it is easier to get banned from Youtube for being right-wing than being a paedophile.

Source:

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42137406

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