Google Search shows wrong person as President of India


Google Search is showing wrong person as the President of India. Check out the details of this glitch noticed today.

Google Search went seriously wrong today about the President of India. It is showing an unknown person as the President in the Knowledge Graph. If you search for "President of India" or "Indian president", Google is showing something like this:

Google Search - Wrong Result for President of India

A woman named "Riti Pathak" is shown as President of India as part of the Knowledge Graph on top of the Google search results. The description below it reads like this: "Riti Pathak is politician from Sidhi, Madhya Pradesh and belongs to the Bhartiya Janata Party. She has been the President of the District Panchayat".

There is a link to a Wikipedia page about Riti Pathak, which doesn't have anything about the President of India. However, the editing history in Wikipedia shows that someone had edited that page earlier today and changed the name "Riti Pathak" to "PRANAB MUKHERJEE", which may have caused this error to Google.

This bug exists only if you use the search bar or omnibox on your browser to search. If you go to Google.com and search from there, there is no result shown from the Knowledge Graph and so the bug does not show up.

It is possible that someone purposefully changed the text in Wikipedia and then somehow submitted it to Google's Knowledge Graph immediately. Google describes the Knowledge Graph as a purely automated system and there is no provision to submit any information directly to it. Read more about Google Knowledge Graph.

Report the error to Google


Many of us have already reported this to Google using the "Feedback" link just below the wrong information in the search results page. As of now, Google hasn't corrected it and it is possible that the feedback hasn't reached the authorities. Let us all report it so that it will be escalated and get it corrected quickly.

How to see the problem and report to Google:

Google Search shows Riti Prathak as President in error

1. Search for "President of India" in the address bar of your browser

2. If you see the name "Riti Pathak" displayed in the top or right side of the search results, look for a link labelled "Feedback". Click on it.

3. You will see a small label like this: "Please report the problem." Now look for the link "Wrong?" just above the photo and the person's name.

4. Click on the link "Wrong?" which will instantly register the problem with Google.

5. You will see a small "Thank you message".

If we all submit a feedback, we can get this fixed soon!

UPDATE: The issue is reported to Google and is eventually fixed.

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Article by Tony John
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Comments

Author: Bhakti Savla25 Jul 2014 Member Level: Gold   Points : 3

Kudos to Tony John and Tanmay Ahmed for spotting this bug with Google search bar regarding wrong name being displayed as President of India in Google Knowledge Graph. Also, it is good to know about the steps to report bugs to Google for quick resolution. I have done my bit and I am sure there will be many who would do this as part of their duty. I will also try and spread the word about this Google error in which Google Knowledge Graph shows wrong person (read Riti Pathak) as President of India!

Guest Author: Ram Shengale26 Jul 2014

I don't believe this. President of India gives me:

About 18,30,00,000 results (0.59 seconds)

How can it be just 88 results? Even if it shows the wrong person from wikipedia Google seach for President of India never show just 88 results ;-)

Author: Manju Tony26 Jul 2014 Member Level: Bronze   Points : 0

Ram Shengale,

This happened only for a day. The news spread through social media and hundreds of people reported the problem to Google, which made them fix it quickly.



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