Google maps blurred a picture of a cow’s face and people are asking questions
It’s not easy maintaining your privacy in the digital age, even if you’re a cow.
Luckily, this cow in Cambridge, England was spared from the obtrusive eyes of Google Streetview. David Shariatmadari, an opinion editor at The Guardian, shared an image from Google Streetview showing the animal grazing on grass with a blurred face.
“Great to see Google takes cow privacy seriously,” Shariatmadari tweeted.
Great to see Google takes cow privacy seriously pic.twitter.com/ACTBpDwno6— David Shariatmadari (@D_Shariatmadari) September 13, 2016
Other neighboring cows were not given the gift of anonymity, as other Google Streetview images show, leading us to wonder, what makes this guy so special? Google, trying to get in on the fun, shared a response to the blurred face. Google noted that it was a glitch with its automatic face-blurring technology — but not without getting a couple jokes in first.
“We thought you were pulling the udder one when we herd the moos, but it’s clear that our automatic face-blurring technology has been a little overzealous,” Google wrote in a statement. “Of course, we don’t begrudge this cow milking its five minutes of fame.”
Google wasn’t the only one in on the cow jokes — outlets like ABC called him a “particularly moo-dest” cow, and Twitter users shared cheeky responses to Shariatmadari like “udderly ridiculous” and “Google teat view,” as BBC noted.
We’re glad the cow was able to graze in peace.
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