Google Map Maker, which lets the public edit Google Maps, has been disabled officially.
Google has issued a statement making it clear that allowing the public to edit Google Maps is proving to be a problem. It claims this is a matter of resources since it needs to moderate every change.
This announcement follows the appearance of an Android urinating on an Apple logo on Google Maps.
The statement issued from Google read: "Every edit you make is essentially going to a backlog that is growing very fast. We believe that it is more fair to only say that if we do not have the capacity to review edits at roughly the rate they come in, we have to take a pause. We have hence decided to temporarily disable editing across all countries starting Tuesday, May 12, 2015, till we have our moderation system back in action. This will be a temporary situation and one that we hope to come out of as soon as possible."
Google Maps editing is obviously a double-edged sword. While it offers Google a way to update Maps, and add detail using the hive mind of everybody, it also means a lot of moderation. Here's hoping the new system gets put in place soon so Map Maker is up and running again in no time.