Google's Bot Catcher Goes Rogue on adidas' Website

Date: October 03 2017

By: Olivia Finlayson


Window blind, window blind, swastika...Wait, what?! An adidas customer recently attempting to secure the latest adidas SPZL was shocked to discover a Nazi flag in the ‘prove you’re not a robot’ part of adidas’ online checkout process.

In identifying which of the nine images featured ‘window blinds,’ users were distracted by a swastika glaring out from the eighth box sitting between a wrench and bowl of noodle soup. 

Google’s ReCaptcha provides the bot-blocking service and f**k knows how or why a symbol of genocide snuck its way in there. adidas have since released a statement declaring: ‘We stand for equality and inclusion and denounce any symbols that contradict those values.’

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