Tech giant, Google has fixed the bug which made the exchange rate between dollar and Nigerian naira to fall at 1 dollar to 184 Naira. The glitch was experienced yesterday evening, less than 24 hrs to general election.
While the exchange rate looks enticing to Nigerians in Google search result, it still remained the same at other websites like the official CBN site.
Nigerians believed that Google was either on the side of being hacked or compromised by the government. Clearing the airspace and vindicating itself from any accusation, Google via their official twitter handle wrote,
“We’re aware of an issue causing inaccurate conversions for Nigerian Naira currency, so we will remove the conversion onebox from appearing in search results until we are able to diagnose the issue.”
The tech giant didn’t reveal the cause of the glitch. However the rate is back to the usual norm, this morning.
Nigerians who were deeply concerned by the recent drama acted by Google took their comments online. Few comments read below as embedded.
We need apologies please, don’t make us feel like the administration bribed you guys
— Chief Dumale Whyte G.G (@dumalewhyte) February 23, 2019
— Chinedu Omeje,Comrade. (@capo_bbg) February 23, 2019
We need an apology not just information. We already new that Google was compromised.
— M. Ibrahim, MNSE (@M_Ikya) February 22, 2019
Was your server or database as the case may be compromised or what, or is this just a bug ?
— OGUZ | Oguche Idakwo (@ogucheidakwo) February 22, 2019
I guess @googleafrica was giving us a Throwback glimpse at what the Nigerian economy looked like before the coming of APC and their ‘change’
— sylvia okopi (@emiene234) February 22, 2019
The uproar that this has caused ehn, this effect will be longlasting
— Darley (@Mila_cartel) February 22, 2019
An auspicious time for this error, few hours to national elections. Time will tell what kind of error this is. #Google
— Babatunde Muse (@TundeMuse) February 23, 2019
Another Russia tactics? I’m calling on the InfoTech committees in the @NGRSenate & @HouseNGR to investigate this incident. Why this inaccuracy of USD ($) to (₦) on the eve and day of the election? Many votes will be swayed due to this. We need an urgent fix now @googleafricamm. pic.twitter.com/t8b0FWWLWn
— Osemenime Alex Òjó (@AlexOjoOse) February 23, 2019
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