In a controversial move, Kmart photo printing kiosks have banned words relating to religion. However, it appears to have been a result of a software error. 

The words ‘Jesus’, ‘Church’ and ‘Bible’ used in photo captions were considered to be explicit, and subsequently replaced with asterisks. 

Similarly, the words ‘Jewish’ and ‘Allah’ were also banned but ‘Mosque’, ‘Islam’ and ‘Koran’ were not. 

However, it wasn’t just religious words impacted by the error, with the word ‘Canadian’ also deemed explicit.

When customers attempted to caption photos with the above-mentioned words, a message came up on screen stating “profanity has been detected in text and substituted with ****”. 

Kmart’s photo printing kiosks are run by Kodak which recently installed new software to detect profanities.

Kodak sales and marketing manager Gavin Wulfsohn said the list of profanities was wrong and would be fixed.


A spokesman for Kmart said: “This is 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.”