Google Map Maker submissions temporarily suspended after peeing robot incident


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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.

[via Google]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. I’m still hoping for better third party TTS integration. Apps like svox and ivona still clash with the current Maps version. During navigation I’d hear the terrible built-in Google version sometimes and others svox would chime in. It’s totally random.

  2. I for one have no problem with what this map maker did. A good troll job, is a good troll job.

  3. I wonder if this is the same group that reviews corrections on Maps. It would explain why my fixes were taking so long, but recently sped up so much.

  4. Hi bro you look cool

  5. Still FUNNY though

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