Leaders of all political parties slammed Google, which later removed Kannada from its search engine response when asked about the ugliest language in India. The company expressed regret to the people in this matter and said that it does not have an opinion in the search results.
Karnataka’s Kannada, Culture and Forest Minister Arvind Limbavali told reporters that a legal notice would be sent to Google to answer the question. The minister later expressed his displeasure on Twitter and asked Google to apologize to the Kannadiga people.
Limbavali tweeted that showing Kannada in a bad light is just Google’s attempt to humiliate the pride of Kannada people. I ask Google to immediately apologize to Kannada and Kannadiga. Legal action will be taken against Google for maligning the image of our beautiful language.
When contacted, a Google spokesperson said that the search is not always perfect. Many times the content mentioned on the Internet can have surprising results for particular questions.
“We know this is not the norm, but when we are made aware of an issue we take immediate corrective action and work continuously to improve our algorithm,” the spokesperson said. Of course, Google does not have its own opinion in this and we apologize for this misunderstanding and for hurting anyone’s sentiments.
Former Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy condemned Google by tweeting. He questioned whether Google behaves “irresponsibly” in terms of language.
Other leaders including BJP MP from Bangalore Central PC Mohan also condemned Google and asked it to apologize.
Sharing the screenshot of the Google search on his Twitter handle, Mohan said that Karnataka has a rich history and unique culture of the great Vijayanagara Empire and Kannada language.
He said Kannada, one of the oldest languages in the world, had great scholars who wrote epics before the birth of Joffrey Chaucer in the 14th century. Apologize Google India.