Google has apologized for having an image of their Android mascot peeing on Apple’s logo. The image was posted on Google Maps through map maker by a user and went viral within minutes.
A spokesperson from Google said that the team is trying to curb such bad edits from being online.
This is what Google had to say in response…
“We’re sorry for this inappropriate user-created content; we’re working to remove it quickly. We also learn from these issues, and we’re constantly improving how we detect, prevent and handle bad edits.”
The image was uploaded by a map prankster and stayed for quite a long time until the Google team noticed and took it down. The image was submitted as a park that was located at the outskirts of a Pakistani City named Rawalpindi. Such jokey edits often get uploaded because of the Map Maker service launched since 2008 that lets users upload new data to the Online Mapping service by Google.
What Startup Champ team has to say about this?
Well, it was a nice prank. We loved the graphic and such pranks do make you laugh. But at the same time, media love to create news that would go “viral” and bring them lot of traffic and this is what media did with this joke (We are a part of the same media 😛 )’
It was great to see how Google team came forward to apologize and took quick action after they noticed the issue. (They took quite a long time to notice the issue which gives us an impression that Google team is probably sleeping in office 😛 )
We heard no response from Apple team so far which is highly anticipated. We hope we get the response soon and would update you right then.
Till then, why don’t you try a joke with mapmaker 😛 (We’re not responsible for the outcome at all).