Google Maps Pornography : Google Can't Keep Up

Nov 23, 2009 - 8:41 am 1 by
Filed Under Misc Google

Earlier this month we reported on nudity & seductive Google Maps listings for London Escort services, amongst others. When we investigated the issue, it turned out to be a worldwide issue with nude and seductive images being displayed both in the UK and US for certain business listings. It seems like all the business listings I reported then have been cleaned up.

However, now we have new business listings with nude and pornographic images and videos in their business listings.

The new batch was reported by James in a Google Maps Help thread. Here are the three listings he pointed out. Here is a screened out picture of one:

nude google maps listings

In fact, one of those listings has a video hosted on YouTube with a nude picture in it (the video is a slide show). Clearly this goes against both the Google Business Listing guidelines and YouTube guidelines.

Joel H. from Google confirmed the issue and said:

Thanks for the report James. I'm looking into this know and will remove content based on our policies.

I believe Google Maps needs to grab someone from the Google Images team to help them with this issue. Handling it by hand, is something that is likely not recommended.

Forum discussion at Google Maps Help.


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