PM Modi features in Google's ‘Top 10 criminals’ list

Google says results 'trouble' company and are not 'reflective' of its opinions

Web Desk June 04, 2015
Google apologises as the image goes viral on social media.

Google on Wednesday apologised for 'any confusion or misunderstanding' after Indian PM Narendra Modi's image began appearing in image search results for the query “Top 10 criminals".

The list also included 1993 Mumbai bombings mastermind Dawood Ibrahim, American gangster Al Capone, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.

"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," a spokesperson for Google said in a statement.

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Despite the apology, the image of the Indian prime minister was still showing up on Google Images when searched for 'Top 10 criminals'. It was not very long before the images went viral on social media and the hashtag #top10criminal became one of the top trends on Twitter worldwide.

Read: Will address your issues even in the middle of the night, Modi assures Muslim leaders

The company further justified itself by stating that results were due to a British newspaper which had an image of Modi and erroneous metadata.

This article originally appeared on Hindustan Times


Kam | 6 years ago | Reply It remind me when Zardari was president and i googled 'dog' in google images and guess what came the result ...........hahaaha
chill | 6 years ago | Reply I am sure this is great entertainment, but let's turn to serious business at home. What do we need to do better in 2015 to help our people?
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