The search engine giant Google today formally admitted their ‘mistake’ of wrongly showing parts of Arunachal Pradesh in Chinese language and showing its northern boundary with China in broken lines. This basically means that the region is an undefined boundary between the neighbours and its country hood is still not decided. The service in context is Google Earth which lets the user view satellite images, maps and terrains.
“We are in the process of reverting the data to its previous state and expect the change to be visible in the product shortly,” a Google spokesperson said in an official statement. “We would like to clarify that this issue did not impact our depiction of international borders,” the statement said.
The mistake apparently happened when Google published new data for the state as a part of their regular updates and made some processing errors in the map data. This resulted in the change of certain names in the final product which was visible to end users. What made this small error turn into a roaring fire were the speculations that this was a handiwork of Chinese authorities and hackers. It’s a well known fact that China has been claiming rule over the northern east state which India rejects.
Whatever pros the service might have I personally think that its powers should be kept in check by a neutral committee. I hope you haven’t forgotten the earlier controversy when Google Earth was under criticism for exposing Indian defense and military activities via its satellite imagery.
What’s your take on the whole fiasco? You think India should be stricter with such mistakes? I guess the situation would have been much worse if this would have happened to China. And Google would definitely want to keep China in good terms now that the local Chinese search engine Baidu is world’s second largest.