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JNU tagged as ‘anti-national’ on Google Maps

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Unfortunately, if words like ‘sedition’or ‘anti-national’  are typed into google search Google Maps redirects us to Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi. (Try it out!)

The technical error hat has occurred have aroused the spirits of the faculty members and the students equally. JNU students said they would get in touch with Goggle Maps India soon to rectify the glitch.

Pawan Duggal, Cyber Law Expert on Google Maps, responded to the technical error saying, “It’s a mistake of computer networks, unintentional blunder.”

“On the face of it, it looks offensive. We will contact Google authorities and find out why and how such a thing can happen. There would be some technical issues involved but we need to find out why is JNU being shown in the map for location search of anti-national,” said Shehla Rashid Shora, Vice-President of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU).

Google Maps is a user friendly application which provides access to user to pin locations on the map. But not all tags by the users would be published unless and until the user is one of the editors at Goggle Maps and he/she has enough authority to auto-publish the tags put up for any location and that seems to have been the closest of the possibilities that has happened in the case with JNU with the wrong tag words.

“I don’t know how this thing works on internet. But it should be corrected. JNU should contact Google and get it rectified,” said Anuradha Chenoy, Dean of School of International Studies.

but most people of the country remains unaware of the technical error and it it through news agencies and media people got to know about the mishap.

But some people who were aware of the happening found it funny. “It is laughable that the search engine is showing JNU in the location search for anti-national. The trolls are at work. But this should be removed as soon as possible,” said a PhD student.

Well, JNU had been a war ground for political reasons which led to the arrest of JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar and students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya who were seen debating  at an event on the campus on February 9 against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru,the event also witnessed anti-national slogans.

People can relax when they get to know that this in not the first time Google is committing a mistake. In May 2015, search for racist derogatory word “nigger house”pointed out to White House in Washington DC. Google was very quick to rectify the error and apologized but failed to explain why such an error occurred.

In June 2015, few Google browsers noticed that Narendra Modi’s name came up when searched for “top 10 criminals”. Google soon expressed regret for the mistake and added a disclaimer to questions in the search engine ever since then “These results don’t reflect Google’s opinion or our beliefs; our algorithms automatically matched the query to web pages with these images.”

But logically speaking, Google Maps would not be able to become as smart as it is presently without the use of automation. It is understandable that such errors would be caused as long as Google can eliminate or rectify these inaccuracies.

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