Why Narendra Modi Photo is showing up when someone searches for "Top 10 Criminals" in Google?

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There’s been a lot of buzz on Internet about this topic, i.e “Narendra Modi” who is the Prime Minister of India showing up in google search results especially India based search results when someone search for the keywords related to “Top 10 Criminals” , “Top 10 criminals in India” etc. Very few people know that this is due to some peculiar google algorithms but many might tend up believing its true and this might damage the reputation of the Prime Minister.

In this article I won’t be getting much into the legal aspect but I would like to discuss the reason behind why Narendra Modi sir has been showing up for this search results and will discuss few ways to tackle such kind of issues.

Reason behind Narendra Modi showing up in Google Search results for strange keywords:

Firstly people must understand that Google is a robot and not a human being. Its designed with a set of algorithms which automatically scans the whole web and shows up appropriate results based on the algorithm. Though google thrives to show up best possible results in their search results sometime the algorithms fail to do so.

Go to google and search for “Top 10 criminals”,  the below results will show up. The results may have a slight variation based upon your geographic location but they should be at least similar to the below shown screenshot.

top 10 criminals google search results

If you see the above results you can see clearly Narendra Modi sir has been showing up multiple times in the search results.

I went a little deep to verify why this is happening and found few interesting facts. When I clicked the images, the images were pulled from website http://topyaps.com/ who wrote an article about “Narendra Modi Is Among The Top 10 Criminals Searched On Google. Twitter Reacts.”

narendra modi on topyaps

Previously there used to be only one image but when the news started spreading on Internet many websites wrote about this article and now it started showing up multiple times which is not a good thing for “Narendra Modi” reputation.

What was the root cause for this?

The root cause behind this was the article on dnaindia which wrote about “Will ask SC to set up special courts to deal with politicians with criminal backgrounds: Narendra Modi“, the article has few keywords like criminal cases, criminal charges, criminal layer, non-criminal background etc.

article on dnaindia

As we all know google works on the basis of keywords and the keywords that are listed in the article was responsible for this. Generally most of the bloggers and webmasters are aware about this but a common man should understand the same.

How to get rid of this?

There are few ways Narendra Modi sir team can get rid of this to protect his reputation but as of now this has gone out of hands as this news has been widespread. Still I will list down few ways to tackle this scenario.

  1. Contacting Google India is the best way to get rid of this. Google has a very good image recognition algorithm. So if they just filter this search result to block Narendra Modi sir image from this particular search that would be sufficient and I think google India will definitely help in the same.
  2. If the above scenario is not possible the other work around method is to approach the website owners whose articles are showing up for this search results and requesting them to take down the article would be fine. But again as I said the news is widespread and it went out of control now. This would be a laborious job because even if some website owners take down the article other websites start showing up for the same.

So, that’s how things can go wrong with google algorithms. Let us know what do you think on the same in your comments.

24 COMMENTS

  1. Hello Imran
    I must say it was a nice read. Short yet crisp and descriptive article. Thumbs up to you. I thought that some modi-hater bloggers may have ranked Modi’s image for keywords like Top Ten Criminals. But actually it was the prestigious DNA website!
    Anyway, thank you for this awesome post. Keep growing.
    With regards,
    Sanjeet Kashyap

  2. Do search ” लफंगा ” on google images, you will get the same results. 😀

  3. Nice article. This article proves that even Google can fail sometimes. I think Narendra Modi has to do sumthing about this fast.

  4. its ture that if such cheap words are used along with names of world renowned peoples then it gets attention from all over the world and results in indexing and ranking of those keywords in search engines..but its sad to see such thing for our PM

  5. You are rightly said Imran Google India definitely need to do some thing because this is not good for the reputation of Indian Prime Minister and this thing can give rise to a big political issue

  6. Hello Imran,
    Before reading this I thought that some sir Modi hater bloggers may have ranked Modi’s image for that keywords but your post made all clear. Hope it will also help Modi team to get rid out of this.

  7. best post in your blog. you really have a sharp mind in blogging . you put up those content what others never thought about

  8. Awesome Post Imran,
    I really like the way you explained how Google works.
    I tell another case like this. Amit Agarwal who is well known blogger in India.
    He also wrote about Google AdSense Click Fraud in India.
    If you type Google India. His article about Click fraud rankings 1st on the Google.com and Google.in pages. This is very sad to see. I have written to Google about this issue. Whether the problem solved or not. I don’t know. I never type Google India after that. Actually we have to blame Indian bloggers for this. Other country bloggers never do this that’s sure. Once again wonderful article

  9. Very good share !

    Knew how this would had happened, there’s some bloggers hand in this. But you have gone to the root from where it started – the DNA article. The article was perfect at its place but as we know Google is a robot, it did what it is programmed to do. This was just an algorithmic flaw. Then the news spread over and other bloggers replicated the news with “criminal” keywords and Narendra Modi Sir’s photo.

    But we know this is not the reality and these results are not good for our Country and our Prime Minister, these should be quickly filtered or removed from search results by Google asap!. Also other bloggers should not write or replicate this mistake that create faulty results that effects someone’s image!

    Thanks for the Share 🙂

    • Very Nice Article Imran, but keeping aside technical issues of google, But Narendra modi was once Heavily criticized and also booked in many Cases For Spiking Up The Hindu Muslim Rivalry, May be he got a clean chit now. May be google robots donot know How to Pretend like indian politicians

  10. It is shame that it’s showing our prime minister in Top 10 criminals list. This man has done something which the congress couldn’t do for so many years! We should report it to google india..

  11. google did so many mistakes before some year when search India than so many bad result shown by google. only rural India. now taj mahal and so many good monuments will show when some one search India in google.

  12. Thanks Imran because when i saw the news about our PM in this issue shocked and thought that it would be fake and you clarified about this and protected our PM and nation reputation.

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