Google has issued a public apology to users who were offended by comments made on the social media site in response to the “fake news” outbreak.
“We are sorry for the pain and distress caused to the people who are upset by the offensive and unacceptable comments we have made on Twitter,” the search giant said in a statement.
The company has also removed some tweets that were seen as promoting the “fringe” narrative that “fake” news is responsible for the election. “
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The company has also removed some tweets that were seen as promoting the “fringe” narrative that “fake” news is responsible for the election.
The company said it would also be working to delete some “potentially offensive” posts, but it would be up to users to decide how they felt about them.
The public apology comes after a slew of Twitter users started a petition calling for Google to be more transparent about its censorship of the social network.
The campaign was launched on Friday after a number of users reported receiving abusive tweets from the company.
Google’s statement said that “the abuse that some users experienced on Twitter, and the comments they made, were completely inappropriate, disgusting, and totally outside the norms of the company”.
It said the company would be working “to ensure that our community and the world are protected from the kind of offensive, hateful and toxic content that we have seen on Twitter”.
“While we recognize that some of the content that was posted was upsetting, we strongly condemn and reject it and are committed to protecting the people we serve,” the statement continued.
“As a result, we are removing some tweets and will be rolling out an update in the coming weeks to make it easier for our community to easily report abusive content.”
Users on the petition were asked to write to Google with a simple message, saying they were upset and they wanted a “better” way to handle the issue.
Some of the responses included a link to a list of suggestions for how to improve the company’s censorship of its service.
“Google has done an amazing job of keeping us safe online, but the company needs to be much more transparent and accountable for what it is doing,” the petition read.