Google is promoting an anti-education message as its advertising campaign suggests children do not need to learn how to spell , MPs have warned.
The adverts urge people to “keep spelling it how you say it”, referring to the algorithm that predicts what you are trying to spell when typing into Google’s search.
One such advert gives an example of someone typing into a search bar “what to do in rakeavic” and below it says: “Showing results for what to do in Reykjavic”.
The advertising campaign has been denounced by MPs who say that the tech giant should be “ashamed”.
Robert Halfon MP, chair of the education select committee, said: “It is incredibly disappointing that Google are doing this. They are trying to tell children ‘don’t learn spelling, just use Google instead’.
“They are creating a dependency culture, dependency on the internet. Its entirely wrong, they should be ashamed of themselves.
What they should be doing is the opposite: trying to encourage children to spell correctly.”
Matthew Warman MP, who sits on the All Party Parliamentary Group for technology, said that a balance must be struck between helping people learn and condoning incorrect practises.
“On the one hand it is a genuinely helpful feature. On the other, internet is supposed to make us wiser, not stupider. It is a really difficult balance,” he said.