This is why we can’t have nice things, folks. Google has announced that they will be temporarily suspending Google Map Maker submissions following a recent incident. That incident, if you missed it, saw one rogue map editor uploading malicious maps.
One of the maps was a photo of an Android robot peeing on the Apple logo, and it was visible to anyone who knew the coordinates to type in over at Google Maps. It was a bit funny, but it was just as immature and came with the consequence we’re faced with today.
The natural step for Google was to begin manually reviewing each map submission, but the company’s backlog of reviews has gotten so large that they’ve been unable to handle new submissions in a timely manner. As such, they’ll instead opt to suspend submissions altogether while they improve the automated parts of their review process.
Unfortunately they don’t have a timeline for when the feature will return, though that did assure us that this is a temporary situation. “Temporary” could be as little as a day and as long as a decade, of course, so without an estimate it’s hard to know if we’ll see it return anytime soon. On the bright side, the guy who made these submissions’ say his end goal was to get Google to strengthen their map review process. We’d say his mission was aced with flying colors.