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Google Map Maker is back after cleaning up its vandalism problem

Google has reinstated its Map Maker tool in 50 countries around the world, with new protections against vandalism.

The company has enforced tighter moderation of map edits with top Map Makers afforded permission to give changes the all clear before pushing them to Google Maps.

The company had brought back the service in 6 countries last week and now an additional 45 have been added to the list, including the United States and UK.

Map Maker’s Pavithra Kanakarajan said (via Android Police): “We have selected mappers in each country as “Regional Leads” to moderate edits done by other mappers in their respective regions.  

These are users who have demonstrated a clear interest in mapping their areas and will be helpful in moderating edits made by you.”

In one of the more unusual tech stories of 2015, the web and search and giant suspended the ability to edit Google Maps following a spate of mischievous edits.

The most notable of the improper and embarrassing posts to escape the filters featured the Android robot peeing on the Apple logo somewhere over Pakistan.

See also: The new Bing Maps could leave Google in the dust

Not all features are back in full, though. In order to make it even more difficult for users to abuse the platform, for Google has also temporarily disabled the ability to add or edit geometries of polygons.

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