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Google Removes Currency Converter Widget for Malaysian Ringgit (RM) Searches – What You Need to Know

by Aiman MaulanaMarch 22, 2024
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If you’re looking to check currency exchange rates, Google has long been a go-to source. However, recent changes in Google’s search results have left Malaysian users scratching their heads.

Google Removes Currency Converter Widget for Malaysian Ringgit

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Typically, users could simply search for conversions like US$ to RM, € to RM, or £ to RM on Google to access the latest foreign currency exchange rates, complete with a handy currency converter widget displaying price changes over various timeframes.

However, as of recent observations, the currency converter widget is notably absent from searches related to the Malaysian Ringgit. Instead, users are directed to third-party websites like Forbes Advisor or Revolut for exchange rate information.

Google Removes Currency Converter Widget for Malaysian Ringgit (RM) Searches - What You Need to Know

This change applies not only to standard searches but also to voice searches, where Google now sources data from external sites for RM-related currency conversions. Interestingly, searches for other currencies remain unaffected, with Google’s converter widget still available for various non-RM related conversions.

But fear not, there’s a workaround if you prefer Google’s currency converter widget for RM-related searches. Simply conduct a search for a non-Malaysian Ringgit-related currency conversion, such as US$ to SG$, and then adjust the currency from the drop-down menu.

Google Removes Currency Converter Widget for Malaysian Ringgit (RM) Searches - What You Need to Know

This shift comes on the heels of a recent incident where Google displayed incorrect US$ to RM exchange rates on March 15, 2024, sparking confusion among users. Following public outcry and government intervention, Google issued an apology on X (formerly Twitter) on March 18, acknowledging the error and assuring users that corrective action had been taken.

Despite this, Google emphasized that its exchange rate data is provided for informational purposes only and advised users to consult official sources like Bank Negara Malaysia for making financial decisions. Additionally, Google’s Finance data disclaimer underscores the importance of confirming current rates before conducting transactions.

As users navigate these changes, it’s essential to stay vigilant and verify currency exchange rates from reliable sources to avoid misinformation and financial risks.

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Pokdepinion: Given the apology recently and then this, one can’t help but feel like this is yet another misunderstanding. Time to wait and see what’s going on and not jump to conclusions.

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Aiman Maulana
Jack of all trades, master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one. YouTuber, video editor, tech head, and a wizard of gaming. What's up? :)