Google, on June 3 found itself loaded with criticism over its search results that returned Kannada as the answer to a question on India’s “ugliest language”. The answer soon became viral and triggered a backlash aimed at Google. Hashtags like #KannadaQueenOfAllLanguages was trending on all the microblogging site.
Karnataka Minister for Kannada, Culture and Forest, Aravind Limbavali told reporters that a legal notice would be served to Google for showing such an answer to that question.
He also took to Twitter to express his outrage and demanded an apology from Google to Kannada and Kannadigas.
He said the Kannada language has a history of its own, having come into existence about 2,500 years ago. The minister added that the language has been the pride of Kannadigas through the ages.
Google later deleted the response that had offended people, saying the search results weren’t always perfect.
“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,” the spokesperson added.