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School renamed 'Hell on Earth' on Google Maps


Posted on Tuesday, 5 February, 2019 | Comment icon 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 | Comments (8)

Tags: School, Google

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by EBE Hybrid on 5 February, 2019, 12:59
Classic!
Comment icon #2 Posted by Myles on 5 February, 2019, 13:27
Awesome prank.    
Comment icon #3 Posted by Seti42 on 5 February, 2019, 17:00
That's hilarious. I seriously hope the kid(s) don't get in real trouble for that, ie: expulsion or whatever. I know if I were on the faculty there, I'd be laughing my ass off about it.
Comment icon #4 Posted by AllPossible on 5 February, 2019, 17:09
Big deal. Harmless prank
Comment icon #5 Posted by Stiff on 5 February, 2019, 18:36
That's just down the road from me. That kid will go far. 
Comment icon #6 Posted by Sir Wearer of Hats on 5 February, 2019, 20:22
Good on that kid!
Comment icon #7 Posted by Imaginarynumber1 on 6 February, 2019, 3:17
Good thing they put that red circle around it. Never would have know what I was looking for, otherwise. 
Comment icon #8 Posted by Sir Smoke aLot on 8 February, 2019, 14:06
He could have made new school sign and place it on the entrance, picture it, make google page with pictures i mean just try harder not simply writing few lines on keyboard. Oh, the possibilities are endless but i guess if it's viral it's great. Rules of market these days.  


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