Last week an image of the Android mascot peeing on the Apple logo was found on Google Maps, as a result Google has shut down the Maps Editor
The Maps Editor was a way for developers to help Google improve their Maps by adding new roads, forestry, buildings, and other things you’d typically find on Google Maps. While this had been a fantastic idea for the past couple of years, it takes just one person to ruin it for everyone else, and that was the person who added a picture of the Android mascot peeing on the Apple logo.
The discovery was found in a part of Pakistan last week and since Google has released an apology for allowing the image to remain online for so long. That however wasn’t enough as Google has now temporarily closed down the Maps Editor so they can catch up and manually moderate the submissions.
According to Google, silly edits have been pouring in, in recent months to the point that the team behind Map Maker is having trouble keeping on top of abuse and legitimate, correct edits. As a result of this they have no choice than to otherwise suspend the Maps Editor from May 12 (that’s yesterday) in order to get a better grasp of the situation.
Maps team member Pavithra Kanakarajan writes:
“We believe that it is more fair to only say that if we do not have the capacity to review edits at roughly the rate they come in, we have to take a pause.”
Right now it seems Google’s Maps division is now manually approving entries which may take some time as there’s no telling how many edits they’re currently having to sift through.