Thursday 18 December 2014

Google in embarrassing U-turn over D-Day Doodle blunder

Rhiannon Williams

Published 07/06/2014 | 14:16

Google has apologised over its D-Day blunder.
Google has apologised over its D-Day blunder.

Google has said its Google Doodle honouring a Japanese Go player on the 70th anniversay of D-Day was uploaded in error and issued an apology.

The Doodle for June 6 originally featured a stylised image of Honinbo Shusaku, a professional player of the traditional Chinese game Go, and was displayed on Google.co.uk.

The picture was later taken down and replaced with a Remembering D-Day link,free from pictures, to the search engine's Cultural Institute.

A spokesperson for Google said the Honinbo Shusaku Doodle had been a global one, and had been put up "in error".

The 70th anniversary of D-Day, marking the beginning of the Allies' invasion of Nazi-held Europe, has been honoured around the world in a series of commemorations.

Google said the D-Day information on the Cultural Institute had always been planned for the date, and how it had created new content, including partnering with the Mémorial de Caen in France.

Peter Barron, the search engine's director of communications, said the company had " always intended to highlight a new exhibition of imagery and archive material commemorating D-Day on our home page."

"Unfortunately a technical error crept in and for a short period this morning an international doodle also appeared. We're sorry for the mistake, and we're proud to honour those who took part in D-Day," he added.

US President Barack Obama joined French President Francois Holland in a joint French-US D-Day commemoration ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-mer, Normandy.

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