Google Apologizes For Berlin Street Being Renamed “Adolf Hitler Platz” On Google Maps

google-maps-featuredIn a story reported by NBCNews.com’s World News, the popular Berlin square Theodor Heuss Platz was momentarily renamed “Adolf Hitler Platz” on Google Maps.

Google apologized for the error in an email sent to NBC, stating, “We were made aware of a wrong and inappropriate Berlin street name on Google Maps and have corrected this as quickly as possible.”

Spotted by a Google Maps user, NBC said Google didn’t know how long the inappropriate street name had been listed on Google Maps; although, the news network claimed local media reports suggest the error had been in place for a couple of hours.

Most likely, the street name had been changed via Google’s Map Maker, a tool that allows users to contribute to and edit Google Maps. According to the report, Google executives said they, “Had no explanation for the incident, but are now investigating the error.”

German Internet expert and blogger Sascha Lobo explained to NBC News that during Hitler’s rise to power, the street was at one time named after the leader of the Nazi Party. “The name Adolf Hitler Platz was then probably approved because it is historically correct,” said Lobo.

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  • Durant Imboden

    Ah, the joys of crowdsourcing!

  • Jatin Chhabra

    Well thats prove that google are not bots,

  • Jatin Chhabra

    Well thats prove that google are not bots,

  • http://www.withjay.com/ Jay Palmer

    Subtle fun from an anarchist employee somewhere?

  • http://lathesis.com/ Lathesis

    Thank GOD Hitler is die !!
    What happened Google = Goooooooooooooo + Golllllllllllllllllll :)

  • onreact

    “Historically correct”? That’s the most ludicrous excuse I have ever heard. This is a serious crime in Germany called Volksverhetzung. Mr. Lobo is a well known media jerk here. This is just further proof of it.

  • Lucas von Fürstenberg

    The street was once named “Adolf Hitler Platz” so obviously that is what Lobo meant when he said “historically correct”.
    Writing “Adolf Hitler (Platz)” by the way is in no way a serious crime in Germany or elsewhere. This is ridiculous. Get your facts straight before making a big fuss about things.

  • http://www.it-sales-leads.com/ Barbara Mckinney

    Every one makes mistakes. Google admitted that they made a mistake and we must be considerate. I hope they could solve the problem as soon as possible.

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