Thursday, 4 June 2015

Indian PM Narendra Modi's photos "Top 10 criminals".

Google sorry for Narendra Modi images in 'Top 10 criminals' list

  • 4 June 2015
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  • From the sectionIndia
PM Narendra Modi speaks at an event in Delhi in this February 15, 2015 file photo
Narendra Modi led his BJP party to a massive win in Indian elections last summer
Internet giant Google has apologised after Indian PM Narendra Modi's photos started appearing in the image search results for "Top 10 criminals".
"We apologise for any confusion or misunderstanding this has caused," a Google statement said.
Mr Modi figures prominently in the search alongside images of terrorists, murderers and dictators.
Other world leaders on the list include former US president George Bush and Libya's Muammar Gaddafi.
Other prominent Indians who come up in the search include Delhi Chief MinisterArvind Kejriwal, lawyer Ram Jethmalani, fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt who is serving a jail term in connection with deadly blasts in Mumbai in 1993.
"These results trouble us and are not reflective of the opinions of Google," the company said in its statement released on Wednesday night.
"Sometimes, the way images are described on the internet can yield surprising results to specific queries... We're continually working to improve our algorithms to prevent unexpected results like this," the statement added.
The internet firm said the result was due to a British daily which had published an image of Mr Modi with erroneous metadata.
The Google apology came after many Indian politicians and commentators expressed concern on social media platforms.

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