Google said it was a bug

news Saturday, March 26, 2016 - 13:42

Several Indian universities have been tagged as “anti-national” on Google maps.

On Saturday morning, there were several media reports that universities in India were showing up as search results for keywords such as “anti-national” or “sedition”.

Google has told the media that the problem was caused by a bug and that it would soon be fixed. However, the problem seems to have occurred because of the sesarch engine's algorithms which take into account words that are often used together. In these cases, owing to the debate around the death of Rohith Vemula, and the sedition cases slapped against JNU students, the words "anti-national", "sedition" and "patriots" appear to be directing results to certain universities.

Two universities which are witnessing strident protests against either the government or the varsity authorities, are top on the list – Jawaharlal University and Hyderabad University.

Others on the list include National Law School of India University in Bengaluru, for the search word anti-national Bangalore, Fergusson College in Pune.

Fergusson College when you search for anti-national Pune

JNU also is the result that turns up when looking for the word sedition.


Another keyword that is giving bizarre results is “commies Telangana”, which shows four results:

There's also a "commies Delhi"

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