Google Gaffe: When Narendra Modi became India’s first Prime Minister

New Delhi,Nirmalya Dutta: Sometimes, search engine giants Google’s features end up in embarrassing gaffes. Earlier, when you searched Top 10 Criminals or World’s Stupidest Prime Minister, you’d end up with pictures of current Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Nehru and Modi

A similar blunder seems to have occurred now in which if you search for ‘India’s first Prime Minister’ you end up with a picture of Narendra Modi instead of Jawaharlal Nehru. This is thanks to Google’s direct answers feature which was first announced in Jan 2013, and saves people the hassle of clicking on a webpage to know the answer they need.

So in this first answers feature, if you search symptoms of heart disease, you will get a picture with info from WebMd:

  • Discomfort, pressure, heaviness, or pain in the chest, arm, or below the breastbone.
  • Discomfort radiating to the back, jaw, throat, or arm.
  • Fullness, indigestion, or choking feeling (may feel like heartburn)
  • Sweating, nausea, vomiting, or dizziness.

Now this can often lead to embarrassing results. Earlier, when you searched: “Who runs Hollywood?”  The answer you got was ‘Jews’!

Similarly, closer home if you search CM of Bihar, you get a picture of former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi. Also, instead of Mamata Banerjee you get a picture of Jyoti Basu(former West Bengal CM),  while in Akhilesh Yadav’s stead we see the picture of Charan Singh (former PM and former UP CM).

This isn’t the first Google gaffe concerning Narendra Modi. Earlier, when you searched ‘Top 10 Dangerous Criminals’, you’d get pictures of Dawood Ibrahim and Al Capone which disturbed the Narendra Modi’s fans on the internet. 

This led to Google apologising to the PM. Similarly, sometimes, when people searched for World’s Stupidest Prime Ministers, they’d end up with pictures of Narendra Modi along with other leaders like British CM David Cameron (thankfully without any accompanying pig images thankfully) and former Australian CM Tony Abbot.

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.”

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