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Google to launch a Nationwide Campaign “Digitally Safe Consumer” to raise Awareness about Online Safety in India

It will be a year-long campaign focusing on building capacities of consumer organizations, personnel of Consumer Affairs department and counsellors of National Consumer Helpline on Internet safety and related issues

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New Delhi, Dec 24, 2016:  In a partnership with the Ministry of Consumer Affairs Google India is going to launch a nationwide campaign “Digitally Safe Consumer” to raise awareness about online safety.

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It will be a year-long campaign focusing on building capacities of consumer organizations, personnel of Consumer Affairs department and counsellors of National Consumer Helpline on Internet safety and related issues, mentioned PTI.

In a statement Chetan Krishnaswamy, Google India Country head said,  “With the rapid increase in digitisation across all spheres, the message of internet safety needs to be integrated into the everyday tasks that the consumer undertakes online.”

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He also added that this initiative will add to Google’s existing campaigns guiding users to navigate the web and manage their digital lives safely and leverage the web to the fullest.

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Google with the help of partner agencies will work towards advocating digital security and privacy needs through workshops training about 500 people, including 250 consumer organisations across the country for providing training and information on online safety tools. Further, the local community along with these trainers will engage in spreading awareness regarding the need for internet safety.

The campaign has set its target for sending training materials to over 1,200 consumer organisations as well as consumer affairs department of every state and union territories by January 2017.

prepared by Saptaparni Goon of NewsGram. Twitter: @saptaparni_goon

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No Proof our Images showed Pakistan Flag For ‘Toilet Paper’, Says Tech Giant Google

Google algorithms have displayed inappropriate search results on certain topics in the past

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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,” a company spokesperson told IANS.

“Many news outlets wrote about an old screenshot from a meme website that is inconsistent with our UI (user interface) and dates back to 2017, and we have not seen any independent verification that these results ever appeared as depicted,” the spokesperson added.

Earlier, media reports said a glitch on Google Search results was noticed after the February 14 Pulwama terror attack that left 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers dead.

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai. (Wikimedia Commons)

Screenshots of the search results went viral as memes, posts and status updates on several social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

“Since these news stories published, images from those articles are now ranking for this query, as the pages contain words relevant to the search,” said the Google spokesperson.

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Google algorithms have displayed inappropriate search results on certain topics in the past.

Earlier, searching words like “Feku”, “Pappu” and “Idiot” led users to the images of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and US President Donald Trump, respectively. (IANS)