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Karnataka to take legal action against Google for showing Kannada as ‘ugliest language’ in search results

Bengaluru: The Karnataka government has announced that it will sue Google for displaying Kannada as the ugliest language in search results. The discovery of a Google search result naming Kannada as India’s ugliest language has sparked outrage, with people demanding action against the global search giant.

In response to the protests, Google quickly removed Kannada from its list of “the ugliest languages in India” and apologised to the public, stating that the search result did not reflect its opinion.

In response, Karnataka Minister for Kannada, Culture, and Forests Aravind Limbavali stated that Google would be served with a legal notice for providing such an answer to that question.

Later, he took to Twitter to express his outrage, demanding that Google apologise to Kannada and Kannadigas. “The Kannada language has its own history, having existed as long as 2,500 years ago,” the minister said, adding that the language has been the pride of Kannadigas throughout the ages.

Kannada is shown in poor lighting “…Is nothing more than Google’s attempt to offend Kannadigas’ pride. I demand an apology from @Google to Kannada, Kannadigas, as soon as possible. Google will face legal action for tarnishing the image of our beautiful language!” Limbavali sent out a tweet.

When contacted, a Google representative stated, “Search isn’t always accurate. The way content is described on the internet can sometimes produce unexpected results for specific queries.”

“We recognise that this is not ideal, but when we are made aware of a problem, we take immediate corrective action and are constantly working to improve our algorithms. Naturally, these are not Google’s opinions, and we apologise for any misunderstanding or hurtful sentiments “He stated.

In a series of tweets, former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy chastised Google for its outrageous response to the language question. He wanted to know why Google “behaves irresponsibly” in terms of language.

Others, including BJP Bengaluru Central MP PC Mohan, slammed Google and demanded an apology. Mohan, who shared a screenshot of the search on Twitter, said Karnataka is home to the great Vijayanagara empire, and the Kannada language has a rich heritage, a glorious legacy, and a distinct culture.

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