Saturday, January 07, 2006

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Wal-Mart: Error to Blame for MLK Link - Yahoo! News
Human error is to blame for an offensive link at Wal-Mart's Web site that recommended a film about Martin Luther King Jr. to potential buyers of a "Planet of the Apes" DVD, the retail company said Friday.

A business manager had grouped "Martin Luther King: I Have a Dream" with three other black-themed movies and assigned the package an overly broad category of DVD boxed sets, Cast said.

So when an online visitor looked at a listing for the boxed DVD set "Planet of the Apes: The Complete TV Series," the black-themed movies appeared under "similar items."

When recommendations go awry. I'm suprised something like this hasn't happened before. I hope the poor manager didn't get canned for this one. Bad enough he has to work at Walmart, but to get fired because recommendation engines aren't politically correct would really suck. Expect to see more of this in the future. Or better, expect to see people bitchin' about the meta tags on the image. "African-American, MLK, No-Monkeys"


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