Google forced to apologise after contractor threatens to remove gay bars from search engine

For a company that prides itself on being a pride ambassador, this was an awfully embarrassing gaffe at the hands of a contractor thousands of kilometres away.

Shift Bar & Club
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Staff at a gay bar in Sydney were seeking help to update the venue’s details on Google Maps when they were told that Google did not support gay bars and would remove the listing.

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“I cannot believe what I am hearing,” Shift Bar promoter Ash Doran posted on Facebook.

Fairfax Media, a Google Australia spokeswoman confirmed the incident had unfolded as Mr Doran had described.

“We’re truly sorry that this happened,” she said. “Gay bars are welcome on Google Maps, as they have always been. We’re taking immediate action internally to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

The Shift Bar & Club, previously known as The Midnight Shift, is one of Sydney’s best LGBTI venues.


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