Porn Spam on Google Maps


User Generated Content is great, innit? As a company, I want users to submit photos, so I don't have to do any content curation. Moderation? Nah mate, stick some AI on there to filter out anything offensive and we're golden.

*sigh*

What could this possibly mean? I searched for Loch Ness on Google Maps.

Screenshot of Loch Ness on Google Maps.

Oh! Hey! Someone's posted a 360 photosphere from the very centre of the Loch!
Picture of a swimming pool.

Huh... That doesn't look like the beautiful Scottish countryside. I wonder what happens if I pan around...?

🚨 🍆 🚨

A naked dude.

(Redacted for his privacy and your comfort.)

It's pretty easy to upload spam to Google Maps. I suspect that whatever BIG DATA ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE ALGORITHMS they have simply don't work on panoramic photos.

Anyway, I reported it - yay for doing unpaid labour for a megacorporation - and it has vanished.

The thing is, this isn't a mistake or a glitch. There's a user who literally enjoys repeatedly posting these photos to scenic locations.

https://twitter.com/spenge_blorb/status/1424556255310491652

I know the "wisdom of the crowds" means that large companies don't have to worry about bad actors⸮ But perhaps Google could spend a little of its time and money moderating the content it displays. If one determined user is able to gain this many views - what could a more malicious user accomplish?

Be seeing you!


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6 thoughts on “Porn Spam on Google Maps”

  1. OllieJC says:

    Oo, it'd be neat if they used the satellite imagery in the tagged location for any image uploaded and flagged anything that was out-of-context.

    In the Loch Ness example, if the image wasn't of a lake or in a boat on a lake then.. quarantine the image!

    Not sure what the false positive rate would look like. I kinda want to give programming it up a try, but I feel like I have enough projects on the go to attempt this 😅

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