NEW YORK — Technology users had gotten a surprise when their social and lifestyle apps seemingly labelled the United States’ most populous city with an anti-Semitic header.
Mapbox, a provider of digital map technology, said it suffered a "malicious edit" Thursday morning by a person who tried to make multiple changes to its maps’ data.
Only one edit was published due to human error and was live for less than an hour before being deleted.
A number of people posted screenshots on Twitter showing "New York City" had been changed to "Jewtropolis" on the Mapbox map used by companies such as Snapchat parent Snap, Citi Bike and Foursquare.
Mapbox said it "has a zero tolerance policy against hate speech."
The act of hate speech that has affected our map users has been resolved. We will not accept hatred on our platform. We removed the attack within an hour of discovery and this is cleared on all maps at this time. Full statement here: https://t.co/V8KWZTSeT9 pic.twitter.com/3tyOmyWAlv
— Mapbox (@Mapbox)
August 30, 2018
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