Google has published a statement apologising for an inappropriate image which appeared briefly in Google Maps on a region of Pakistan.
The tech giant told it is working hard on improving systems for verifying user edits on Google Map Maker in a statement.
“We’re sorry for this inappropriate user-created content,” Google spokesperson Mara Harris told The Washington Post in a statement.
“We also learn from these issues, and we’re constantly improving how we detect, prevent, and handle bad edits.”
Users can edit maps using Google’s Map Maker. Although every edit has to be reviewed, not all edits have to be approved by a “Google Reviewer” - a trusted real person living in the area.
“Handling spam is a complex issue,” Google told TechCrunch, adding “we’re continuously working on ways to improve our systems - including new ways of preventing, detecting and taking down incorrect edits”