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Google shuts down Maps editor to prevent abuse

Google recently found itself in the middle of a peeing scandal – when its Android logo was spotted on Google Maps peeing all over Apple's logo (opens in new tab).

The media were quick to report on the peeing incident, prompting an ever quicker response from Google, saying they were sorry and removing the humorous, but still inappropriate image.

However Google didn’t stop there – the company decided to temporarily shut down its maps editor, Map Maker, until it can appropriately respond to people abusing the tool.

It seems as there are tons of edits pouring in every day, and with Google manually having to review each and every one of those – it takes too much time.

In a blog post (opens in new tab) written on the Google product forums, 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.”

Map Maker will make a return, as soon as Google figures out a way to handle the edits: “We have hence decided to temporarily disable editing across all countries starting Tuesday, 12 May, 2015, till we have our moderation system back in action. This will be a temporary situation and one that we hope to come out of as soon as possible.”

This is not the first time (opens in new tab) map edits have made headlines. As we’ve reported before, people sometimes use Google Maps to vent their frustration, especially when their football team loses.

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.