Upon searching for the “top 10 criminals” on Google images, on June 3rd, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was featured among the 10. And screenshot pictures of the Google Images had been tweeted and re-tweeted on the micro-blogging site Twitter, and Facebook.
Narendra Modi’s images was seen along with Dawood Ibrahim, Osama Bin Laden, notorious American gangster Alphonse Gabriel ‘Al’ Capone and Hafiz Sayeed on the search.
As the controversy erupted in social networking sites, the search engine giant Google, apologized to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “It definitely troubles us. This is not reflective of our opinion. We apologise for this,” Google said.
“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 Google spokesperson said in a statement.
Google displays the same results but with the explanation: “These results don’t reflect Google’s opinion or our beliefs; our algorithms automatically matched the query to web pages with these images.”