The JNU and the entire Nationalism debate was so hyped and searched for, that even Google began to treat the two words as synonyms. Yes, if you search for – ‘anti-national’, ‘sedition’ or ‘antinational’ – any of these terms on Google Maps, it will render JNU as the search result.
The glitch was identified on Friday morning. The JNU students and professors have expressed dislike about this.
They have reached out to the Google Maps team which is working on fixing this error. “Some inappropriate results are surfacing in Google Maps that should not be, and we apologise for any offence this may have caused. Our teams are working to fix this issue quickly,” the spokesperson from the Google Maps team said.
The answer lies in the search trends.
Plethora of articles has been written around JNU, anti-national, sedition in the last one and a half months. And as a result, keywords like anti-national, sedition, antinational have been associated with JNU on the internet. Google combines these queries and when someone searches for any of these keywords, all the relevant results automatically show up.
This is not the first time when Google rendered absurd search results. During the last year, a search for ‘top 10 criminals’ and ‘India’s first Prime Minister‘ resulted in Narendra Modi as the result. However offensive it may be, this is the way Google’s search works.
Meanwhile, the JNU students be like…
With inputs from Storypick
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