“Search is not always perfect”, Google India he said in his apology Thursday. “Sometimes the way content is described on the Internet can produce surprising results for specific queries.”
That is to put it mildly.
Earlier this year, a search for why Google was banned in China yielded a box of facts, drawn from a nationalist state tabloid, The Global Times, noting that Google had left the country of its own free will after deciding that the laws Chinese do not “conform to their so-called democratic values.”
The box did not mention a cyber attack that the company had cited as an immediate reason to stop running its search engine in China. He also didn’t mention that most of Google’s services are widely blocked on the internet in China.
Google is also not reliable when it comes to whether it is a reliable source of information.
The search “Does Google lie to you?” produces a data table with this answer: “Google does not give answers (sic) to the questions and, therefore, does not lie.”
That’s from an article in The Australian newspaper that quoted a businessman who accused the company of stealing content and posting it directly on his site. The quote was used in the article as a sarcastic reference to the first search query result “Does Google ever lie?”
Kannada, the language that according to Google’s data chart was the ugliest in India, is part of a family of Dravidian languages that are native to South India and date back thousands of years.
This week’s problem was not the first time that Kannada speakers said their language was not respected.