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#Metadata: Google sorry after Modi appears in search for “India’s Top 10 Criminals”

Search giant Google has apologized after an image of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi appeared in an image search for the “top 10 criminals in India”.

Alongside Mr Modi, the search featured the 1993 Mumbai bombings mastermind Dawood Ibrahim, prohibition era American gangster Al Capone, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

Google issued a statement of apology after protests from Twitter users and a number of political leaders.

The search giant said: “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.”

Google reportedly explained that the search query results were due to a British newspaper publishing an image of Modi with erroneous metadata.

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