YouTube Autocomplete suggests paedophiliac phrases
Occurred: November 2017
Google's Autocomplete search term prediction function has been found to be returning 'profoundly disturbing' paedophiliac phrases like 'how to have s*x with your kids' and 'how to have s*x kids' for searches for 'how to have' on its YouTube-owned property.
Because Autocomplete and some other YouTube search algorithms are based on popularity, it was suggested to Buzzfeed and other media publications that a coordinated effort could have caused the searches to appear higher in results than they would organically.
The incident raised questions about the apparent ease with which Google's search-related algorithms could be manipulated.
Purpose: Predict search results
Technology: NLP/text analysis; Deep learning; Machine learning
Issue: Accuracy/reliability; Safety
Transparency: Governance; Black box