Software glitch bans words like ‘Jesus’ and ‘God’ from photo kiosk

Software glitch bans words like ‘Jesus’ and ‘God’ from photo kiosk June 13, 2019

RED faces all round at Australia’s Kmart, where a photo printing machine disallowed the use of words like ‘God’, ‘church’, ‘Jesus’, ‘Jewish’ and ‘Bible.

Sunrise TV screenshot

A glitch in the system appears to have been discovered by customers Anthony Dorsett and his wife Marelynda who were stopped from captioning photographs with the words “church” and “Jesus”.

Dowsett  said he was trying to print photographs for his church group. He said his wife was “offended” and:

She thought it was disgusting. She is not a snowflake or anything, she doesn’t get offended by much but this offended her.

An investigation that followed revealed a perceived bias. Words like “Islam”, “Allah”, “Koran” and “Muhammed” were all permissible, which barmy conspiracy theorists will no doubt see as an sneaky attempt to “Muslimise” Australia.

Kmart responded to the story by denying the ban was intentional. A spokeswoman said it was:

A system error and it will be updated overnight. It in no way reflects our views as a business. At Kmart, we support diversity and inclusiveness irrespective of race, religion, age, gender, ethnicity, ability, appearance or attitude and we want our teams and stores to reflect the communities in which we operate.

Image via YouTube

But Sunrise host Samantha Armytage, above, revealed that the word “Canadian” had also been banned, and called Kmart’s excuse “rubbish”. Her guest, social commentator Jane Caro, said Kmart should apologise.

They just need to say ‘Wow, stupid, sorry. We’ve fixed it. We didn’t mean to give anybody offence’.

Sky News panellist Daisy Cousens took it a step further, calling it:

A huge double standard. Sure, they’ve blamed it on a software error but isn’t that what you blame everything on when something goes wrong that’s somewhat controversial? This is just unbelievable.

How nice it would be if someone would fix the the bloody Disqus glitch that keeps shoving comments into this site’s moderation queue because of “restricted words” such as “dumb”, “gay”, “sex”, “Job”, “Allah”, “hell”, “stupid”, “monster”, “penetration” and “beer” to mention but a few. See “A note on Patheos Comment Policy.

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  • WallofSleep

    Wow, the patheos censors are really going overboard.

  • guerillasurgeon

    Surprised you weren’t censored saying that. Go have a look at my comments on Ed Brayton’s column about contempt of Congress. You need to read them from the bottom up.

  • WallofSleep

    Could you provide me with a handy url that will automatically directly to the post?*

    *Because the word “lïnk” is stüpïdly on the list of verboten words.

  • Odd Exonerated Oranges

    & #8203 without the space between & and # in front of the naughty word will make it appear as normal with no hinky moderation. &#8203shit. &#8203hell &#8203fuck.

  • larry parker

    Who knew that Patheos had a side business of running photo kiosks?

  • alverant

    I should feel sorry for her because she got “censored”, but I don’t. She got a little taste of what christians have been doing to other religious minorities for centuries. I hope she remembers this next time she wants a word banned.

  • TheBookOfDavid

    Even more surprising is how deep and fast their market penet​ration was Down Under.

  • Cozmo the Magician

    Meen while… Words like ‘Master’ and ‘Bate’ Ess-EE-eksk. ANd Ah-Bort-SHun.. The CensorShip is sailing

  • Cozmo the Magician

    USS CensorShip.. With a DONNY face painted it on it. (covered anybody name McCain)

  • Cozmo the Magician

    I personally have CONTEMPT of his dickless. Congress should do the the same.

  • Cozmo the Magician

    He can’t L-N-K his head to to his balls

  • Cozmo the Magician

    Oh ONE MORE!!!
    If he had a HOME RUN with a lady that got him to 1st base…. He would have to PAY that CLEAN up batter for a …..

    Rambling… But you get the picture.

  • Norman Parron

    Well at least they are now banning words that really do relate to hate & bigotry!

  • Greg G.

    I had a comment get moderated because it had “u r g e n t” in a quote.

  • MR

    Whatever you do, don’t express an “u r g e” on these religious sites!

  • Greg G.

    &#8203 > &#8203blow

    Excellent! This was not moderated.


    Edit 2: Well, it is not a code for a space, so one could replace every space with:
    ” &#8203″.

    Edit 3: It could be put in the middle of a moderation trigger word, too.

  • Freethinker

    Other than the weird thing about Canadians this shows that the intelligence of AI algorithms is underrated. They are simply filtering bullshit, for our own good.

  • rlwemm

    I could say that your Site’s Banned List was stewpid, but only Aussies and Brits and other Commonwealth English Speakers would understand. So I suppose I will have to say that it is also stoopid. The Werd of the Lore-d explains my thoughts rather well.

    “Do you think we are mere animals? Do you think we are (stew-pid/stoo-pid)?” Joe-b: 18:3

  • Gord O’Mitey

    I had to spell b0ne with a zero to get past the firkin’ moderators. Why the feck are they doin’ this?

  • Jim Jones

    > How nice it would be if someone would fix the the bloody Disqus glitch that keeps

    That’s Patheos, not Disqus.

    Disqus, however, has a serious code problem that makes it a nightmare to post stuff with blank lines, links and other formatting.

  • Jim Jones
  • Were you aware that if you dare mention the name of a certain former US Navy ship, and what happened to it on 8 June 1967, on general internet communications (and not just on Patheos)- you will suffer online attack, and be instantly labeled as being anti semitic?

  • Refer to my other post about commenting on a former actual US Navy ship for an example of real response that takes all of this to another level. Key date: 8 June 1967.

    One is reminded of how China responds to any mention of the Tiananmen Square massacre which happened just over thirty years ago.

  • Cozmo the Magician

    Notice they said not ONE WORD about the Bible.