Google apologises for Freedom Day Doodle

(Image credit: Google)

In a flurry of web design-based controversy, Google has removed a Doodle that commemorated South Africa's Freedom Day. Google has also issued its apologies for any offence caused by the design, which contained a symbol that's steeped in significance for many South African people – the Springbok.

For those not in the know, Google regularly marks special days, events and holidays with its homepage tweaks known as Doodles (you can see our favourite Google Doodles right here). These range from simple logo redesigns to all-singing, all-dancing animations that showcase the talents of the web designers over at Google, and usually go down pretty well. But on this occasion, it's the symbols used in the design that may have needed more attention.  

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Georgia Coggan

Georgia is lucky enough to be Creative Bloq's Editor. She has been working for Creative Bloq since 2018, starting out as a freelancer writing about all things branding, design, art, tech and creativity – as well as sniffing out genuinely good deals on creative technology. Since becoming Editor, she has been managing the site on a day-to-day basis, helping to shape the diverse content streams CB is known for and leading the team in their own creativity.