Users of the Snapchat message reported Thursday that the mapping feature in the service showed New York City as "Jewtropolis."  Snapchat's parent company, Snap, told The Washington Post in a statement that the map is based on third-party data from OpenStreetMap, which was vandalized. "This dismay is deeply offensive and completely contrary to our values, and we wish to apologize for all members of the community who saw it. We work with our partner card box to fix this as quickly as possible," Snap said.
In a blog post on Thursday morning Mapbox said that "malicious editing" was made by a source that had tried several other "hateful edits". "While Mapbox's automated systems flagged the decreasing entry, the company said there was a human error that caused the name change to appear. Mapbox said that the offensive listing was removed within an hour." We are sorry for customers and users who were postponed for this outrageous attack, "tells the blog post.
Mapmap maps provide information from over 130 data sets, and the company's computer systems flag tens of thousands of map changes every day for people to consider. The company said that security experts investigate the source of the hate speech.
Twitter users reported that other services that rely on the online maps showed the same name change for New York City, including Weather Channel and StreetEasy.
Snapchat's mapping of vandalism comes one day after a US Senate office building was renamed late Sen John McCain on Google Maps. Google allows users to suggest changes to listed locations and key l details about them. The crowdsourced editing is intended as fixes, but Google said that users can also send inaccurate changes. While congressional leaders have proposed a name change for the Senate office building to honor McCain, there are some Senate republicans who resist the efforts.