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Outrage after Google search says Kannada ugliest language in India, tech giant apologises

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The Karnataka government will send a legal notice to US-based technology giant Google after its search engine showed Kannada as the answer for a query on the ugliest language in India. The government action comes after outrage over the issue, with people and politicians across party lines slamming the tech company for the search result.

Following the outrage, Google immediately fixed the issue and tendered an apology to the people saying that the search result did not reflect its opinion. Karnataka minister Aravind Limbavali told the media that the state government will send a legal notice to Google for insulting the language. Expressing his outrage over the issue, the minister also demanded an apology from the company.

Minister tweets against Google

Aravind Limbavali also took to Twitter and slammed Google for the gaffe. He said, “Kannada language has a history of its own, having come into existence as many as 2,500 years ago! It has been the pride of Kannadigas all through these two-and-a-half millennia.”

He added, “If Kannada is now called the ugliest language in India, it is merely an attempt by @Google to insult this pride of Kannadigas. Demand apology from @Google ASAP to Kannada, Kannadigas. Legal action will be taken against @Google for maligning the image of our beautiful language!”

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What Google said

Following the outrage, Google India took to Twitter to apologise for the search result. It 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.”

 

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