Google apologizes after Prime Minister of India shows up in 'top 10 criminals' search results

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Google Apologizes To India PM For 'Top 10 Criminals' Search Result

Google is apologizing to the Prime Minister of India after his image started appearing as a search result for "top ten criminals."
On Wednesday a Twitter user discovered that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's image popped up when she typed in the phrase "top ten criminals." Joining his image were those of Al Capone, O.J. Simpson, cop killer Jason Barnum, Mexican drug lord El Chapo, and a number of others.



Several media outlets report that political leaders and commentators voiced their concern, prompting Google to release an apology.

"These results trouble us and are not reflective of the opinions of Google," they said in a statement. "Sometimes, the way images are described on the internet can yield surprising results to specific queries."

The search result was apparently caused by a British publication that posted the Prime Minister's image with the wrong metadata. Ironically, because this story has gained so much attention, if you Google "top ten criminals" you'll find mostly just the Indian Prime Minister.

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