Do you remember that prank where an Android bot is peeing on an Apple logo in Google maps?
Well, it turns out that’s not the only instance of users making fun of Google’s editing tool, Map Maker. Things have got so bad that the company has been force to temporarily shut it down to mend a surge of false edits.
As of now, if you visit Map Maker’s homepage, you will be greeted with a pop-up informing you that it will not be available starting May 12. Like this screenshot:
If you click on the learn more button, it will take you to a message by the Map Maker Team explaining that it first tried to repair the issue suspending automated approval and community moderation. However, the backlog of edits, now being approved on a case-by-case basis, soon became unmanageable.
Unfortunately, it’s very likely the spam surge was because of the android peeing on apple prank last month, but at the very least we can expect an upgrade on the Map Maker tool.