The Allahabad court has issued notices to Google, its CEO Sundar Pichai and its India Head Rajan Anandan for enlisting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the image search for the Top 10 Criminals in the world . Following the court order, a criminal case has been filed against them. The next hearing for the case is scheduled for August 31. Also Read - Samsung and LG confirm presence at in-person CES 2022Also Read - Honor phones to come with Google Mobile Services: Report
Complainant Sushil Kumar Mishra had earlier written to Google about the incorrect search results but did not receive any response from the company. Reportedly, Mishra also approached the police regarding the same, but was refused to get a case registered. He then approached the Chief Judicial Magistrate, who also dismissed the case calling it a civil matter. Also Read - Google announces six new Android features, which will roll out this year
The incident took place last year when Google showed Modi in the image search for the Top 10 Criminals in the world . Modi’s image appeared along with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, al-Qaeda s Osama bin Laden and Hafiz Sayeed among others. This triggered a big controversy that forced Google to issue an apology later.
Google in its apology statement revealed that it was due to an erroneous metadata and didn t reflect its opinion. These 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 apologies for any confusion or misunderstanding this has caused. We re continually working to improve our algorithms to prevent unexpected results like this, Google had said.
In another similar instance, after the Top criminal search controversy, Google s search had also listed Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the results for the Most Stupid Prime Ministers in the World .