Google Map Maker suspended

google map maker closedRemember the picture of a cheeky Android Mascot peeing on an Apple logo which was discovered on Google Maps? Well, Google has responded by suspending their Map Maker tool.

Google has announced that as of today, Map Maker will be temporarily unavailable and Google are looking to fix the issues on Google Maps that have been discovered.

The statement issued from Google reads:

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 has not revealed how long their Map Maker tool will be suspended for.

Is this something that should have been predicted? Was Google foolish in trusting its users?