A Google search has sparked a massive outrage with Karnataka government saying it will issue legal notice against the search engine when users searched “ugliest language in India” and it popped up “Kannada” in the results.
With individuals communicating their anger over the blunder and leaders across party lines alleging Google, the tech giant immediately fixed it and apologized to individuals saying the query output didn’t mirror its opinion.
Karnataka Minister for Kannada, Culture and Forest, Aravind Limbavali told correspondents that a legal notice will be served to Google for showing such result.
Afterward, he took to Twitter to show is anger and asked for an apology from Google.
Kannada language has a background marked by its own having come into existence around 2,500 years ago, said the minister adding that the language has been the pride of Kannadigas through generations.
Showing Kannada in helpless light “… is merely an attempt by Google to insult this pride of Kannadigas. I demand an apology from @Google ASAP to Kannada, Kannadigas. Legal action will be taken against Google for maligning the image of our beautiful language!” tweeted Mr Limbavali.
When contacted, a representative from Google said, “The search isn’t always perfect. Sometimes, the way content is described on the internet can yield surprising results to specific queries.”
“We know this is not ideal, but we take swift corrective action when we are made aware of an issue and are continually working to improve our algorithms. Naturally, these are not reflective of the opinions of Google, and we apologise for the misunderstanding and hurting any sentiments,” he said.
Former Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy reprimanded Google in a progression of tweets for the outrageous response to the language question. He tried to know why Google “behaves in an irresponsible manner” relating to language.
Others including the BJP’s Bengaluru Central MP, PC Mohan alleged Google and demanded that it apologize.
Sharing a snapshot of the search on his Twitter handle, PC Mohan said Karnataka is home to the incomparable Vijayanagara realm and the Kannada language has a rich legacy, a wonderful inheritance and an extraordinary culture.