Google has been showing Pakistani flag when searched for the “best toilet paper in the world”, the “best China-made toilet paper” or just “toilet paper”. Over the past couple of days, Twitter has been going crazy over this claim that Google throws up pictures of Pakistan’s national flag when a user searches “best toilet paper in the world. If you search for “best toilet paper in the world” on Google, images of Pakistan’s national flag pop up in the results amid simmering tension over the Pulwama terror attack.
As the news of the “best toilet paper” got viral on social media, Twitterati wasted no time in posting images of the search results on the social media with #besttoiletpaperintheworld hashtag.
Screenshots of the search results have gone viral as memes, jokes, trolls, posts and status updates on several social media platforms.
— Bajrang dal Hazaribagh (@BHazaribagh) February 16, 2019
— Nihar Ranjan Sarkar (@NiharRa9026843) February 16, 2019
#besttoiletpaperintheworld #on #google #PulwamaTerrorAttack #weallarereadytoattack #IndiaUnited #BLACK DAY FOR INDIA 🇮🇳#phulwamaattack #PulwamaRevenge #India #RIPBraveRealHero #WantRevengeOnBloodyPakistan pic.twitter.com/vYIY08wBCg
— kundan singh rajput (@IamkundanRajput) February 16, 2019
Here’s how Google responded
Google on Tuesday said that it has found no evidence that its Search algorithms were showing the Pakistani flag when looked for the “best toilet paper in the world”, the “best China-made toilet paper” or just “toilet paper”. “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. Since these news stories published, images from those articles are now ranking for this query, as the pages contain words relevant to the search,” a company spokesperson said in a statement.
This is not the first time that a Google search has shown unusual results.
Earlier, searching words like “Feku”, “Pappu” and “Idiot” led users to images of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and US President Donald Trump, respectively.
This toilet paper image result is making rounds at a time when a terror attack by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) killed at least 44 CRPF jawans in Pulwama district, Jammu and Kashmir, on February 14.
The attack was one of the deadliest in recent times, riling up emotions on both sides of the border. In the wake of it, it appears a lot of people have been sharing images and searches of the Pakistan flag and toilet paper in conjunction, in order to manipulate Google’s search results. Also Read: Pulwama Mastermind Ghazi Rasheed: Read Cruel Things About Him
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