The world became a slightly better place when Fidel Castro died. Unlike President Obama who said, “History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him,” President-elect Donald Trump bluntly called Catro a “brutal dictator” whose “legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights.”
Some unknown person with an internet connection also attempted to be blunt, expressing his or her opinion of Donald Trump via Google Maps; the President-elect’s transition headquarters was renamed to the Dump Tower on Google Maps.
The name change received considerable attention on Twitter via the hashtag #DumpTower as it became viral.
DUMP TOWER! 🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/lt29VYtWhy— GEEZY (@GRYKING) November 27, 2016
By early Saturday evening, the Trump International Hotel & Tower was renamed to the Dump International Hotel & Tower on Google Maps. PIX11 nabbed a screenshot.
Some Google insider was allegedly involved, Mashable suggested, since “According to Google's instructions, changes to the map database are reviewed by hand, so theoretically, someone would have had to deliberately hit ‘confirm’ on Dump Tower.”
However, a Google Maps spokesperson blamed the error on “user contributions;” the spokesperson told the Associated Press that those contributions “provide an up-to-date map, but also occasionally lead to inaccuracies.”
The Dump rebranding was corrected by Saturday evening. A Google Maps spokesperson told WPIX, “Some inappropriate names were surfacing in Google Maps that should not be, and we apologize for any offense this may have caused. Our teams immediately took action and have fixed the issue.”
Oddly, there was no eruption via Trump’s Twitter account. Nonetheless, supporters and non-supporters of Trump had a field day.
This is not the first and likely will not be the last time some prankster made relatively big name changes to Google Maps. The second time it happened to the White House, a Google spokesperson basically gave the same canned statement and apology.
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