Bengaluru: Google answered “Kannada” as a reply for a random search query with “Ugliest language in India”. The state government issued a legal notice against the tech giant. Google quickly removed the content and sent an apology for hurting the sentiments of people.
Arvind Limbawali, the current minister of forest and culture of Karnataka said “It is merely an attempt by Google to hurt the emotions of Kannadigas. The Kannada language has been in existence for more than 2500 hundred years. Strict legal action will be taken against this indignation and we demand an apology for maligning our beautiful language.” He expressed his outrage on Twitter while slamming the tech giant. The minister said, “The Kannada language has been our pride for more than two and a half millennia”.
A Google spokesperson in their defense said, “Search isn’t always perfect and the search engine may display surprising results to specific queries”. He further added, “We have removed the content and a swift corrective action has been taken. We apologize for hurting the sentiments of the people”.
Former Chief Minister, HD Kumaraswamy also expressed his thoughts on this fiasco and said, “Google behaves in an irresponsible way in terms of language”.
A lot of other Kannada leaders joined the social media outrage against Google for demeaning their historically significant language.
So, why would Google Display “Kannada” as an “Ugliest Language”? Well, the search results displayed on Google are majorly algorithm-based ranked on the basis of the content that is uploaded on websites. Whenever a user puts in a search query, Google looks for accurate answers across several websites and articles to find related search items. Hence, as per the algorithms, whatever answer is the best fit, is displayed on the screen.
In an expert’s opinion, Google did not deliberately hurt the people or insulted the Kannada language. In fact, the real culprits here are the websites that have uploaded these lines or inappropriate content.