Google fixes Dump Tower, Trump Tower glitch – The Mercury News
MOUNTAIN VIEW — Trump Tower in Manhattan was “Dump Tower” over the weekend but is now again Trump Tower on Google maps, a blunder acknowledged by Google.
Numerous users of the Google maps app during the post-Thanksgiving weekend found that Trump Tower had been named “Dump Tower,” a mistake that Google says it moved to correct.
“Some inappropriate names were surfacing in Google Maps that should not be,” a Google spokesperson said in an emailed comment to this newspaper about the situation.
Trump Tower is the residence of President-elect Donald Trump and is the scene of regular protests and supportive demonstrations regarding his policies and views.
But over the weekend, users of Google Maps on platforms such as computers and the Android phone discovered that the location was called “Dump Tower.”
“We apologize for any offense this may have caused,” Google said in its comments.
The misnomer could be discovered by typing in a search for New York City or Manhattan, and then zooming in on the location of Trump Tower on 5th Avenue between 56th and 57th streets. The error also could be encountered through a generic search for Trump Tower in New York City.
“Our teams immediately took action and have fixed the issue,” the tech giant stated in its reply.
It wasn’t immediately clear if the remedies were part of fixes for multiple errors in the maps app. Google also didn’t say precisely how the error occurred, or if it knew how it happened.
Mountain View-based Google, in FAQs about Google Maps, said a wide array of people can make changes to Google Maps, if they are signed into Google Map Maker.
However, that doesn’t mean that anyone can spam Google Map Maker, according to the FAQs.
“Changes suggested on Google Map Maker need to be reviewed before they become part of the data on Google Maps,” Google stated in the FAQs.
Google also indicated that changes such as “Dump Tower” would need to go through what is appears to be described as a rigorous vetting process.
“Anyone can review these changes, but enough trusted reviewers will need to approve an edit before it becomes part of the map,” Google said in a post on its site. “We also have a team of Google Reviewers.”
The search giant also said that the Google Map Maker is being phased out by March 2017.
“To make it easier for all Google Maps users to contribute changes to the map while at home or on the go, we’ve started to graduate functionality from Map Maker to Google Maps on both desktop and mobile,” Google said in a post on its site.