Google Docs Updates Auto-Correct Algorithm to Be More 'Inclusive'

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Alphabet—the parent company for Google—announced this week it is updating its auto-correct algorithm to be more "inclusive."

The app will now correct sex-based language. For example, rather than using words like "mailman" or "chairman," Google Docs will auto-correct to phrases like "mail carrier" and "chair" or "chairperson," according to the Daily Mail.

The company announced Tuesday, during its I/O Developers Conference, that it will give users suggestions on ways to avoid "offensive" and gendered language.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai also said he wants to make social justice a priority for the technology company.

This shift comes a few years after Google stopped suggesting sex-based pronouns as part of the predictive text function for its Gmail platform. At the time, the feature stopped suggesting words like "he," "her" "or "she."

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