MUMBAI, INDIA: A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's images appeared on the Top 10 ciminals' list on Google Search, the search engine giant apologized for for any confusion or misunderstanding caused.
The PM's image has been featured among the likes of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, Al Capone, Joseph Kony and Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.
While Google provided the disclaimer: "These results don’t reflect Google’s opinion or our beliefs; our algorithms automatically matched the query to Web pages with these images," the incident also brought to light a vital fact that all serach results are not factual, or relevant. But more on that later.
"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 Google spokesperson said in a statement.
Google said that results to the query "top 10 criminals in India" was due to a British daily which had an image of PM Modi and erroneous metadata.