Skip to main content

Google "apology" for confusion?: No change in "top 10 criminals" result, search engine says they don't reflect its view

Google now says the image of Modi does not "reflect" its opinion
By Our Representative
Internet giant Google may have conditional a conditional apology "for any confusion or misunderstanding" caused on image search results showing Prime Minister Narendra Modi as one of the ten on "top 10 criminals”. However, in what may prove to be an embarrassment to #Moditards on twitter who had gone berserk demanding action against Google, the top search engine did not removed the Modi image from the search result whole of Thursday.
In fact, latest search on Google image for “top ten images” finds the image remaining where it was, though a line has been added atop which says, “These results don’t reflect Google’s opinion or our beliefs; our algorithms automatically matched the query to web pages with these images.”
The fresh search for “top 10 criminals” throws up scores of images, and the results again put Modi twice in the very first row, with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim appearing the second row. A click on a few of the images leads that appear after the Google image search for “top 10 criminals” takes one to http://topyaps.com/top-10-criminals-of-world.
The site has following “top ten criminals” – Omid Tahlivi (Persia), James Whitey Bugler (Amercia), Al Capone (America), Matteo Messina Denaro (Italy), Joseph Kony (Uganda), Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov (Russia), Felicien Kabuga (Rwanda), Pedro Antonio Marin (Colombia), Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar (India), and Joaquin Guzman (Mexico).
Interestingly, there is no mention of Modi here, as Google’s “algorithm” finds it on its image search section. However, It added, “results” to the query “top 10 criminals" was due to a British daily which had an image of Modi and erroneous metadata. A click on one of the two images leads one to a July 28, 2014 article “Top Indian educationalist accused of racism over portrayal of criminal ‘negroes’” published in The Telegraph.
The article, authored by Dean Nelson, refers to Dinanath Batra’s controversial books introduced in Gujarat schools. Sub-title of the book says, “A leading Indian schools advisor has been criticised over textbooks which described 'negroes' as under-cooked rotis and violent criminals”, pointing out, “A leading Hindu educationalist supported by India’s new prime minister Narendra Modi has been accused of racism over his portrayal of ‘negroes’ as violent, half-baked criminals in school text books.”
A Google “apology” has over “top 10 criminals said, “The 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 apologize for any confusion or misunderstanding this has caused. We're continually working to improve our algorithms to prevent unexpected results like this."
It said that in this case, the image search results were drawn from “multiple news articles with images of Modi, covering the prime minister's statements with regard to politicians with criminal backgrounds, but added that the news articles “do not link Modi to criminal activity, and the words just appeared in close proximity to each other.”
News site The News Minute, which broke the news about Google image search of “top ten criminals”, comments, “This is not the first time Google has thrown up puzzling and even defamatory results on its search engine. In November 2009, Google was at the centre of a controversy over a doctored photo of Michelle Obama with ape-like features showing up when the First Lady's name was searched on the site.”
Said the site, “Daily Mail” first reported that the image appeared at the top of hundreds of results when web users searched for images of the First Lady. “The prominence of the photo, above legitimate pictures of Michelle Obama, provoked an outcry after Google refused to remove it. Under criticism, Google first banned the website that posted the photo, saying it could spread a malware virus.” It added, “When the image appeared on another website, Google let the photo stand.”
It quotes from a Google ad which says, "Sometimes Google search results from the Internet can include disturbing content, even from innocuous queries. We assure you that the views expressed by such sites are not in any way endorsed by Google."

Comments

TRENDING

ISKCON UK 'clarifies' after virus infects devotees, 5 die due to big temple meet

By Rajiv Shah
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), United Kingdom (UK), has admitted that at least 21 of its devotees were infected because of the spread of the coronavirus amongst the UK devotee community following the March 12 funeral and March 15 memorial of the Bhaktivedanta Manor temple president, in which about 1,000 people participated. Regretting that five of the devotees have passed away, the top Hindu religious in Britain body does not deny more may have been infected.

Mallika Sarabhai releases speech she was 'not allowed' to give at NID Convocation on Feb 7

Counterview Desk
The National Institute of Design (NID) in Ahmedabad, a Ministry of Commerce and Industry body, landed itself in controversy following its decision to put off its 40th convocation ceremony, where noted danseuse Mallika Sarabhai was invited as chief guest. The ceremony was scheduled to be held on February 7.

As corona virus 'travels' to rural areas, NGO begins training tribals, marginalised women

By Souparno Chatterjee*
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared corona virus a pandemic. Originating from Wuhan in China, it has traversed the entire globe, almost, and claimed more than 16,000 lives already. That’s largely the urban population. In India, despite all the preparedness and war-like promptness to safeguard against the pandemic, several lives have been lost , and hundreds of individuals have tested positive.

Rani Laxmi Bai, Tatya Tope 'martyred' by East India Company, Scindia's forefathers

By Our Representative
In an email alert to Counterview, well-known political scientist Shamsul Islam has said that was “shameful for any political party in democratic India to keep children of Sindhias in their flock” given their role during the First War of Indian Independence (1857). In a direct commentary on Madhya Pradesh Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia moving over to BJP, Prof Islam has quote from a British gazetteer to prove his point.

COVID-19: Dalit rights bodies regret, no relief plan yet for SCs, STs, marginalized

By Our Representative
In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the National Dalit Watch-National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights, endorsed* by several other Dalit rights organizations, have insisted, the Government of India should particular care of the scheduled castes and tribes, trans folks, persons with disabilities and the women and children from these communities, while fighting against COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus scare ‘pushing’ people from Northeast India into more hardship

By Rishiraj Sinha, Biswanath Sinha*
“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background or his religion. People learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela
***

Gujarat govt plan to 'banish' Gandhian activist anti-democratic, unconstitutional

By Rohit Prajapati*
The current Central and Gujarat governments, and their bureaucracy, have been and are still unable to answer and address the concerns raised, with facts, figures, and constitutional provisions, regarding the terror of tourism in the name of the Statue of Unity and tourism projects surrounding it.

Gujarat construction workers walk home as Rs 2,900 crore welfare fund lies unused

By Our Representative
Situated behind the Gujarat University, some of the families of the migrant construction workers from Dahod and Panchmahals districts of Gujarat, and a few from Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, who had stayed put in make-shift shanties in Ahmedabad’s sprawling GMDC Ground, have begun a long journey, by foot, back to their home villages in the eastern tribal belt of Gujarat.

Modi, Shah 'forget': Gandhi’s first Satyagraha was against citizenship law of South Africa

By Nachiketa Desai*
Hindu fanatic Nathuram Godse assassinated Mahatma Gandhi once on January 30, 1948 but his followers raising the war cry of ‘Jai Sriram’ are killing the Mahatma every day. In his home state of Gujarat, Gandhiji was killed a thousand times in 2002 when over 2,000 Muslims were butchered, their women raped, homes and shops plundered and set on fire and even unborn babies ripped out of the wombs of their mothers.