Google has temporarily taken down its crowdsourced map editing tool Map Maker after a string of attacks and obscene edits drew the attention of the media.
The most recent of such attacks was one where an image of an Android urinating on the Apple Logo was uploaded onto Google Maps, forcing the company to make the move.
Map Maker has allowed users in areas which lacked detailed maps to add points of interest such as list parks and roads and other such things.
Just in April Google announced that it was working on improving spam detection for Map Maker, but now it seems as though the company is resorting to more drastic efforts.
Pavithra Kanakarajan, project manager of Google Map Maker said that the service will remain shut until the team figures out “more intelligent mechanisms to prevent such incidents.”
Currently, all edits on Google Maps will be manually reviewed, which obviously isn’t a full-time option for a service as large as it is, which is why the company has paused the service.
Here’s what Kanakarajan said:
As you can imagine, turning automated and user moderation off has the direct implication of very large backlogs of edits requiring manual review. This in turn means your edits will take a long time to get published.
Given the current state of the system, we have come to the conclusion that it is not fair to any of our users to let them continue to spend time editing. Every edit you make is essentially going to a backlog that is growing very fast.