Google has promised to fix a bug that auto-completes “sit on” to “sit on my face.” The raunchy message – which describes the sexual practice of “face-sitting” – was a failing of Google’s predictive text algorithms. Google uses messages you’ve previously sent to work out what you might want to say next – and will suggest words and phrases for you to use. But it can also suggest words or phrases that you’ve never previously uttered, which can sometimes cause problems. One Twitter user said they were messaging their babysitter and asked “Hey! Are you free to sit,” and came close to sending a dodgy message after Google offered up “on my face” as a suggestion, as spotted by Buzzfeed. The bug appeared to affect Google’s Gboard keyboard, which can be used across a host of apps on Android smartphones. A number of users reported the issue on Twitter, prompting Google to issue a fix for the bug. In a statement, a Google spokesperson said: “Gboard is designed to avoid such predictions in its generic models.” “But human language is complex and as with any sort of system that filters sensitive phrases, sometimes inappropriate suggestions make it through the machine… Read full this story
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