Android's 'N-Word' Poll Sparks Online Jeers
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An Android website asked for submissions for "any tasty ideas that start with the letter N" for its new "Android N" operating platform, which was unveiled at its Google I/O developers conference on Wednesday.
The backlash ranged from gentle ribbing to invocations of the term "the n-word," which is frequently used as a stand-in for an offensive racial slur.
A representative for Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc, declined to comment.
Android Nope #NameAndroidN— Schrödinger Cait (@stimpyjaycat) May 18, 2016
I think it's obvious how #nameandroidn can go terribly wrong lol— Tøm (@skullisnull) May 18, 2016
Gizmodo reported on Wednesday that the online anonymous message board 4chan was flooding the Android's name submission site with suggestions akin to an offensive epithet for black people.
Some social media users suggested "nachos," "Nutella" and "nectarine."
Please enter the word "Nutella" right here https://t.co/S6XjPEptJ0— Sharon Profis (@sharonprofis) May 18, 2016
(Reporting By Amy Tennery; Editing by Toni Reinhold)