Google Maps Upgrade: Report inappropriate photo

While exploring a potential new feature that would allow video to be added to your Local Business Record in Maps (first spotted by Mike The Internet Guy) I found that Google has added an ability to report inappropriate photos for any of the following reasons:

•This image infringes on my privacy
•This image violates a copyright
•This image violates a trademark
•This image contains inappropriate content or violates policy guidelines
•Other (please describe below)

Google notes: “We’ll review each image to ensure that it complies with our Terms of Service and Program Policies.”


In a recent interview with Carter Maslan, Product Director of Google Maps, he noted that the best way to combat spam was to rely on the masses for feedback. This appears to be the one of the steps to fruition on that direction.


And in the Google Maps for Business Group, this posting came through:

TOPIC: What does “Flagged” mean


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Date: Thurs, Feb 21 2008 11:01 pm
From: thall89553

I logged into my acount today and saw a yellow label above my busines
that reads “Flagged”. What does that mean?

I presume, but have not verified, it to mean that Google is flagging your account when an inaapropriate photo has been reported as associated with your business record.

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2 thoughts on “Google Maps Upgrade: Report inappropriate photo”

  1. This puts the power in the local business owner’s hands to make an inexpensive but compelling commercial. Amazing.

    Mike, do you think Google is really going to review all of these things? And how long with THAT take?


    This is a great catch, and has sent me on a trip to Mike the Internet Guy’s blog for the first time. It looks terrific. 2 of my readers mentioned he would be a great guy to interview.


  2. Like all things Google I assume that they are doing it algorhytmically although I could be wrong…..that’s a great question. Does anyone know?

    I am not familiar with the copyright battles that Google has been facing but certainly encouraging end users to help in the hunt for photos that violate copyright & trademark would seem a cost effective strategy even if they do put a person on it. It is cheaper than getting sued.

    If and when they do allow video to be added to the LBC it would tie in nicely with their recent YouTube video ad feature and implies that video might become a more important part of the small business advertising portfolio.


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