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Make Left at Hitler Street: Google Maps Apologizes for Blunder

The tech giant has apologized for mistaken approval of Berlin street name: "Adolf-Hitler-Platz"

By: Zak Edwards
Published: January 13th, 2014 in Business » World
The mistakenly named 'Adolf-Hitler-Platz' on Google Maps

A prank renaming of a Berlin street had Google scrambling to apologize after “Theodor-Heuss-Platz” was renamed “Adolf-Hitler-Platz” by a user, an edit that Google Maps mistakenly approved.

In an official statement, Google spokeswoman Lena Wagner said that “the change in the street name was mistakenly approved, and we fixed it as soon as we were made aware.”

Google’s Map Maker function allows people to suggest edits for streets in Google Maps, which are then reviewed by a board of volunteers or Google moderators.

In this instance, the street name change was approved and changed the same day the error was noticed. All in all, the error remained on the site for about one day.

Wagner also added that Google is sorry “for any offence caused.”
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