With tensions rising between the two countries following the Pulwama attack, Google’s image search was found to be compromised.
According to users, searching for the “best toilet paper in the world,” the Google UI supposedly showed results linking to the national flag of Pakistan.
This comes after a deadly incident where at least 44 Indian security personnel in Indian-occupied Kashmir were killed in a car bomb attack on a security convoy.
The responsibility of the deadly attack was reportedly claimed by the banned Jaish-e-Muhammad. India, however, took no time in pointing a finger at Pakistan.
A Google spokesperson while responding to queries related to the spokesperson stated, “While we continue to investigate the matter, we have not found any evidence that Google Images was ranking the Pakistani flag in response to this particular search.”
“Many news outlets wrote about an old screenshot from a meme website that is inconsistent with our UI and dates back to 2017, and we have not seen any independent verification that these results ever appeared as depicted”.
Source: The Express Tribune