Google blames algorithm for adding porn titles to train station search results

Google fesses up to adding porn titles to MTA search results

If you don’t live in the state of New York, you may never have thought of Googling for the city’s metro stations, run by the Metropolitan Transport Authority (MTA).

But as the Queens Daily Eagle reports, you might get more than you bargained for as you’re looking up the train times…

Mta search result

According to media reports, the same X-rated description was attached to 13 train stations along the Hudson Line.

The MTA blamed Google for the unexpected appearance of “Flirtatious An*l D*ldo For C*ck Hungry Blonde Sl*t” alongside its train station search results.

Not being a Google SEO kungfu expert I found that explanation a little hard to get my head around. I could well believe that Google’s search results might sometimes choose other words from your webpage for your search engine entry, but I found it hard to believe that they’re scooping up suggestions from the likes of PornHub.

And yet, the New York Post reports that Google has uh… put its hand up, and admitted to being a very naughty boy:

“This is an error in our systems that we are working to diagnose and fix,” the rep said in a statement. “We apologize for any concern or offense this may have caused.”

One possible explanation is that Google sometimes chooses what to title a search engine result based upon what links to it, although normally it tries to censor anything too fruity.

And yes, that means someone might be linking to train stations with titles like “Flirtatious An*l D*ldo For C*ck Hungry Blonde Sl*t.”

I don’t know if that’s part of a marketing campaign to encourage people to use the train more, or if it’s to make them give it a wide berth. The mind boggles.

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