Saturday, July 22, 2006

Google Doesn't Care If It's Homophobic

I just received this e-mail from Google in response to my letter asking them to change their offensively anti-gay Arabic translation tool:

Hi Al-Fil,

Thank you for your note. Although our translations are produced automatically by state of the art technology, unfortunately even today's sophisticated software doesn't approach the fluency of a native speaker. We recognize that the results may be less nuanced than what a human editor might provide, and we're continually working to improve the quality of our automatic translation. In the interim, we hope the service we provide is useful for most purposes.

Thanks for taking the time to write.

Regards,The Google Team

Why do I feel like I've seen that before? All they did was copy and paste from their help section. It looks like a complete brush-off to me: the message shows no intention of fixing the problem. Now I'm angry! Write to them (I posted how in the last post)!

Also, I wrote Google this follow-up e-mail:
Dear Google Help,

I find it troubling that your e-mail shows no intention to solve the problem, but merely restates what is posted in your help section online. I feel that it shows great insensitivity and a lack of foresight. I want you to know that I've informed everyone I know, posted on numerous gay blogs, and written to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the International Gay and Lesbian Association. I will continue to work to spread the word until the situation is fixed.



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July 22, 2006 3:21 AM  

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