Google apologises over Modi image search results

New Delhi: Internet giant Google on Wednesday apologised “for any confusion or misunderstanding” caused after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s images started appearing in the image search results for query on “Top 10 criminals in India”.

“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,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement.

“We’re continually working to improve our algorithms to prevent unexpected results like this,” he added.

Raising many eyebrows, the search engine had earlier thrown up astonishing results when somebody searched with ‘top 10 criminals in the world.’

It said that in this case, the image search results were drawn from multiple news articles with images of Narendra Modi, covering the Prime Minister’s statements with regard to politicians with criminal backgrounds, but added that the news articles do not link Modi to criminal activity, and the words just appeared in close proximity to each other.

Experts have not yet come to a conclusion on how it happened though many opined that it might be the result of tagging issue or comments that have used with Modi’s images.

The goof had led to a widespread outrage with thousands of Modi fans taking to twitter to vent their anger leading the Internet giant coming up with an apology.

(With inputs from agencies)


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