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Google temporarily shuts down Map Maker due to vandalism

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posted on May, 11 2015 @ 08:55 PM
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Some one got bored one night. Now edits are down for everyone while the moderation system is changed.

Image at linked article...



After pranksters used Google Map Maker to draw an Android peeing on an Apple Logo and engage in other acts of spammy vandalism, Google has announced that it will temporarily shut down its online map editor while it rethinks its approval process.

But how did prank images get onto the real Google Maps? Doesn't Google have some kind of approval process? It does, but that process relies on trust. Map Maker edits are done in a sandbox, which users can use to test and save map drafts. When a new user saves an edit, it goes into a queue for manual approval. Once approved, an edit shows up on the public Google Maps and can be seen by everyone.

After a certain amount of approvals, though, active users become "trusted" and their map edits get auto-approved and fast-tracked to Google Maps.






I've never been to Pakistan, but I'm guessing no actual park is shaped like this.


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posted on May, 11 2015 @ 09:01 PM
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a reply to: roadgravel

Lol. Maybe Andy is a "first streamer"?



posted on May, 11 2015 @ 09:05 PM
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a reply to: Ultralight

Probably safe to bet it wasn't an Apple user. So much for trust.



posted on May, 11 2015 @ 09:11 PM
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a reply to: roadgravel

Why Pakistan, though?



posted on May, 11 2015 @ 09:14 PM
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a reply to: Ultralight

Cheap real estate available to purchase for a park? Wonder what it says about who did it.



posted on May, 11 2015 @ 09:24 PM
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a reply to: roadgravel

I'm betting Chernobyl or Fukashima has even cheaper property.



posted on May, 11 2015 @ 09:27 PM
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Isn't it remarkable, Google has become a milti-billion $ company based on nothing but the work of others.
I wont weep to see it being kicked in the nuts occasionally.



posted on May, 11 2015 @ 09:36 PM
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Clearly this is the ISIS cyber attack we have been fearing


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posted on May, 11 2015 @ 09:42 PM
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originally posted by: GoShredAK
Clearly this is the ISIS cyber attack we have been fearing


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Good place to hide a signal to start an event.



posted on May, 11 2015 @ 09:43 PM
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It may be in response to the shambles Google themselves created when they shut down Classic Maps.
No one likes the new My Maps and they are pretty well un-useable.
Google just ignores the complaints on their Forum.
They deserve everything that is coming to them.
It wasn't me BTW.



posted on May, 11 2015 @ 09:53 PM
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Many web sites are being dumbed-down to the level of the least skilled users. It's the American way.




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