Map box, mapping startup competing with Google Maps and Here to connect location services to apps like Snapchat and Foursquare, says that a version of the New York map calling to the city "Jewish Propolis & # 39; was an act of human vandalism that has now been removed over hundreds of apps that pull in Mapbox data and are used by over 400 million people.
"This is now 100 percent fixed and should never have happened. It's disgusting, says Mapbox CEO and founder Eric Gundersen to TechCrunch. He says that Mapbox has built a large system that uses both AI and human checks to look up for vandalism. "We scan continuously after this, and it's a mistake from our side [to have missed it]."
The problem with the misspelled map using the anti-Semitic slurry came to light earlier today, with a number of flags glitch on social media and the problem is also taken by several media.
Gundersen said that the company still tries to figure out what happened especially here (we "We update when we learn more."  The company uses more than 130 sources of data to build its maps and picks up multiple times each time the maps are used in apps around the world (over 400 million use their maps by way of third party apps). Although this is an interesting and in many ways very clever approach to building a dataset as a smaller enterprise located miles away from Google as a size and scale, this error highlights one of the pitfalls of relying on other people's data.
Some people wonder that the vandalized map might have come from a vandalized version of OpenStreetMap, the open source map project, which is one of data sources used by Mapbox. The reason: Similarly, defaced data was detected on OSM a few weeks ago. But Gundersen warned against drawing a line between the two.
"The reality is that OpenStreetMap is just part of what we use," he said. "The box is made up of around 130 different data sources." He also compared Mapbox's dataset to Waze's. "With more than 400 million people using our maps, the more they are used, the more data we get."
Map box pushed out a new update system recently, which allows you to update maps faster and flag suspicious items. Gundersen said that the company is currently "digging into it and seeing if it's a flag of. You design for this never happens, and so does."
Mapbox has increased over $ 227 million in funding, with the last round which is $ 164 million led by Softbank's Vision Fund.