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Google withdraws 'Slavery Simulator' game app after Brazil outcry

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Google has withdrawn a gaming app that allowed players to buy, sell and torture black virtual "slaves" after a racism outcry in Brazil.Dubbed "Slavery Simulator," the Portuguese-language game saw players trade in slaves and strategize to prevent the abolition of slavery in order to amass virtual riches.The prosecutor's office said it had opened an investigation for "hate speech" related to the game downloaded by hundreds of people.The app itself had come with a disclaimer condemning "all types of slavery" and insisting the game was "solely for entertainment purposes."After withdrawing the app from its Playstore, Google said in a statement that "applications that promote violence or hated against groups of people or individuals because of their skin color or ethnic origin" would not be allowed on its platform.The company invited users to report offensive content.Brazil's ministry of racial equality said it had asked Google to put in place measures "to filter out content containing hate speech, intolerance and racism" and "to prevent it from spreading so easily, without moderation."Racism is still a problem in Brazil, the last country in the Americas to abolish slavery, in 1888.

More than 56 percent of the population is Afro-Brazilian."Brazil is one of the countries with the most consumers on Google's platforms, and there one finds this app that recalls the era of slavery, with bonuses for those who torture the most," said Renata Souza, a leftist regional lawmaker in Rio de Janeiro."This is not only racism, but also fascism," she told AFP. "Here in Brazil, we have a neo-fascist movement that is not afraid to show itself...

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