Google and our Prime Minister Narendra Modi are again together in news after the June incident where Google search list for ‘Top 10 criminals in the world’ showed pictures of Narendra Modi along with criminals like Dawood Ibrahim and Al Capone. This not only sparked an outrage among people but also made Google apologize for that.
This time something similar happened on Thursday when a search for “World’s Most Stupid Prime Ministers” showed Narendra Modi along with other leaders like David Cameron, Tony Abbot and even former leaders like Lee Kuan Yew.
What does Google have to say regarding the matter?
When the controversy broke last time Google said: “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. We’re continually working to improve our algorithms to prevent unexpected results like this.”
The company further justified itself by stating that results were due to a British newspaper which had an image of Modi and erroneous metadata due to which Mr. Modi’s image appeared when people searched for ‘Top 10 Criminals’.
Because the words, ‘Modi’ and ‘criminal’ occurred so closely it led to that particular image turning up. Similarly, the words ‘Prime Minister’ and ‘stupid’ led to an article on Reuters titled ‘Why work with India’s new leader? It’s the economy, stupid.’
The presence of the word ‘stupid’ in the headline along with an article made us see PM Modi’s picture in the search results.