Incident 401: Kannada Insulted by Google's Featured Answer as "Ugliest Language in India"

Description: Google's knowledge-graph-powered algorithm showed Kannada in its featured Answer Box when prompted "ugliest language in India," causing outrage from Kannada-speaking people and government.


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Alleged: Google developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed the Karnataka government and Kannada speakers.

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