World of the Bizarre
School renamed 'Hell on Earth' on Google Maps
By T.K. Randall
February 5, 2019 · 8 comments
The culprit evidently didn't think too much of his or her school. Image Credit: Google Maps
A troublesome pupil at a school in England succeeded in changing its name on Google as a prank.
The stunt saw Hornsea School and Language College in East Yorkshire show up on the search giant's online mapping service under the name "Hornsea Prison and Hell on Earth."
It is possible for anyone to submit name changes to the system however they must be verified by the business owner to prevent unauthorized edits.
The school has since issued a statement to say that the name has been changed back.
"We recommend that all schools take ownership of their Google map icon to prevent any copy-cat behaviors," warned school head teacher Steve Ostler.
While the school has identified the pupil responsible, their name has not been disclosed.
"Allowing users to suggest information provides comprehensive and up-to-date info, but we recognise there may be occasional inaccuracies suggested by users," Google said in a statement.
"When this happens, we do our best to address the issue as quickly as possible."
Source: BBC News
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