Photo: Google Maps
Users of Google Maps around the world noticed that the service designates the selected hotels by using the icon of a swastika. They reported about it in Twitter.
Microblogger began to complain of the swastika on November 30. Icons appeared over the buildings in London, Dublin and hotels in American cities.
“Can you tell me why hotels in Dublin on my Google Maps have symbols of a swastika?” turned to Google Irish nick @irishkokolily. “Excuse me, Google, but why do your maps show the hotel in London with a swastika??” — outraged microblogger @IngyAndy.
Users have noticed that a swastika marked not only small hotels, but the hotels and large international chains such as the Sheraton.
Some noted that at first could not believe their eyes and restart the app on your smartphone. However, when I opened it again, the swastika has not disappeared.
Google explained that with the icon of the swastika, counterclockwise, denote Buddhist temples, writes Mashable. The representative of the Corporation said that a religious symbol began to mark the hotel in error, on removing which work in the company.
The swastika is an ancient symbol depicting a cross with curved corners. In Buddhism, the swastika, counterclockwise, is called manji and is considered a symbol of perfection. Because of its widespread use in the symbolism of the Third Reich, the swastika became firmly associated with Nazi ideology.
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