Google Maps Pauses Edits After Claims Ukraine Tags Used For Russian Strikes


Responding to claims that its Maps have been getting used to coordinate Russian army exercise in Ukraine, Google on Tuesday started eradicating user-added tags inside the borders of Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. The corporate is eradicating new content material comparable to location pins “out of an abundance of warning,” a Google spokesperson advised BuzzFeed Information.

Throughout social media platforms on Tuesday, folks accused Google Maps of internet hosting content material allegedly used to focus on airstrikes on cities comparable to Kyiv and Kharkiv.

“The tags in Google Maps have been created on Feb twenty eighth, and folks seen that the tags match the locations the missile strikes at this time,” one in all these people, Oleksandr Balatskyi, advised BuzzFeed Information in a Twitter DM. Individuals claimed that the tags, or person generated pins, started showing yesterday with titles comparable to “ФЕРМЕРСЬКЕ ГОСПОДАРСТВО,” or Ukrainian for “farm,” and “СІЛЬСКЕ ГОСПОДАРСТВО” or Ukrainian for “agriculture.”

BuzzFeed Information couldn’t independently confirm the existence of particular pins, nor the declare that Russia’s army added them to Google Maps. Dozens of Twitter customers have shared the identical set of screenshots displaying pins labeled “ФЕРМЕРСЬКЕ ГОСПОДАРСТВО” in Kyiv, although it’s unclear after they have been created and by whom.

After investigating the claims, Google mentioned that a number of the edits that reference farms have been made greater than a yr in the past. Nonetheless, the corporate mentioned it’s eradicating edits made to maps within the area since Feb. 24, and it might pause new edits.

“Out of an abundance of warning, we’re eradicating person contributions like photographs, movies, evaluations and enterprise info and all user-submitted locations from Google Maps in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus because the invasion started, and are briefly blocking new edits from being made,” a Google spokesperson mentioned.

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