This is why we can’t have nice things.
Google will temporarily disable its Map Maker tool starting on Tuesday, which allows anyone to make changes to certain locations in Google Maps.
Last month, a prankster inserted an image of the Android mascot peeing on the Apple logo onto Google Maps (see above), south of the Pakistani town of Rawalpindi. Google removed the image soon after it was discovered, along with a nearby image criticizing its review policy.
Now, the map-making tool has begun to notify users that it will no longer be available. Google has not clarified how long it will be disabled for Google has not clarified how long it will be disabled for, but the company confirmed the decision was a result of recent “attacks” like the Android mascot incident.
It added that it’s working on changes to how content is moderated. Previously, the system relied on a combination of user moderation and automated tools to weed out spam, jokes and other unsavory content.
The notification links to a post in Map Maker’s help forum, where Google’s product manager for the service, Pavithra Kanakarajan, explains the “very difficult” decision.