How to improve spam detection system on Google Maps
No Android robots urinating on the Apple logo anymore
The guys from Google claim to diligently work on overall improvements of their spam detection systems in Google Maps platform. You shouldn’t see urinating Android robots on the Apple logo anymore. The system is planned to be well protected from any similar hacks and edits.
For those users who don’t know, Map Maker is an online tool that enables users to bring changes to the mapping service and expand desert or very little explored regions by uploading new data to Google service. The initial idea was to give users online tools so that they could add various details to the map.
Like in the example below you can see a smiley icon that has been marked as a “park”. A user submitted the image as a park, located somewhere in Islamabad. As funny as it is, yet it’s led to certain problems. Hackers find many new ways to submit irrelevant information that doesn’t display what it claims. This is where Google has got to work hard to protect its spam system and defend the status of one of the best and most accurate mapping platform.
Community flagging is one of those systems that goes into a combination of systems tailored to detect and prevent map spam. But of course, this is not enough to ensure that the entire content doesn’t contain bad edits. Still, to great extent, Google relies on users’ understanding. Even those users that have good history record, time after time show to approve bad edits. This makes the task of filtering users’ edits even more complicated. What Google is going to do to prevent the content from spam we will probably see very soon.