Google Apologises to PM for Image Search Results


NEW DELHI: India’s Twittersphere erupted in outrage upon finding their Prime Minister’s photo show up in a Google ‘Top 10 Criminal’ image search.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s image was found in top 10 criminals of the world in a Google search engine late on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Modi’s image appeared along with those of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, slain al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, Hafiz Sayeed, and Ayman al-Zawahiri, American gangster ‘Al’ Capone among others.

The Internet giant was quick to issue a statement, apologising for ‘any confusion or misunderstanding’, but the image continued to appear in the search till late in the night.

“These results trouble us and are not reflective of the opinions of Google. Sometimes, the way images are described on the Internet can yield surprising results to specific queries.

We apologise for any confusion or misunderstanding this has caused.”

The statement also noted that the tech giant was continually working to improve their algorithms to prevent unexpected results like this.

Google said that the search result was due to a British daily which had an image of Modi and erroneous metadata, IANS reported.

It must be recalled that Prime Minister Modi was the then Chief Minister of western Indian state of Gujarat in 2002 when at least 2000 Muslims were killed in riots by violent Hindu mobs.

On Wednesday, #Top10Criminals was the number one trend in India on Twitter, and it also trended worldwide.

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