Google Maps Works To Improve Spam Detection Systems
Google is putting its foot down on trolls using it’s Google Maps service for evil.
The prank occurred on a map for Rawalpindi, a Pakistani city less than 10 miles southwest of Islamabad. The image shows Google’s Android mascot peeing on the Apple logo paying homage to the Calvin and Hobbes decals that have been around since 1995.
It is not a surprise if you’ve never heard of this online tool as it is typically used by users in less-developed parts of the world to assist Google in creating maps for areas that have yet to become available.
Since it is crowdsourced information the submitted data can be easily manipulated as was shown by nitricboy. It is speculated that multiple accounts were created in order to upload the Google image and another account used to approve the newly added map info.
Google has taken quick action admitting their mistakes, “Handling spam is a complex issue and we’re continuously working on ways to improve our systems, including new ways of preventing, detecting and taking down incorrect edits,” a Google’s spokesperson said regarding the latests hack.
“We’re sorry for this inappropriate user-created content; we’re working to remove it quickly,” the Google spokesperson added.
While this was a seemingly harmless prank, it shows the potential for what can happen when people misuse technology.