Google shuts down its “Map Maker” tool following hacks

Google shuts down its “Map Maker” tool following hacks

Google shuts down its “Map Maker” tool following hacks

Written by Staff Writer

12 May, 2015 | 3:35 pm

Google has officially taken its crowd sourced map editing tool Map Maker offline, after a series of spam attacks and other obscene edits.

The online tool has allowed people in countries without detailed maps to add various points of interest into Google Maps like new roads and parks for example.

But in more recent months, the tool has been instead used by some to upload inappropriate content to Google Maps, like the recent prank which added an image of the Android mascot urinating on the Apple logo, for instance.

In April, Google stated that they were working to improve its spam detection system for Map Maker. But apparently it ended on a negative note.

Google is shutting down access to the system entirely starting on Tuesday, (May 12th), according to a new message that pops up if you try to make an edit on Google Maps using Map Maker.

The message links to a more lengthy explanation in the Google Map Maker forum, where the Product Manager Pavithra Kanakarajan confirms that the decision to shut the project down for the time being is directly related to the escalated attacks to spam Google Maps over the past few months.

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