Why Google Maps had to delete images of Uluru

Parks Australia has asked Google to remove photographs of the top of the sacred Indigenous site, Uluru, a tool that allowed users to appear to walk on its summit.

Uluru was closed in 2019 after a decades-long campaign by indigenous communities to protect it.

Parks Australia, which is responsible for the national park where Uluru is located, said Google images contains photographs of the sacred site, which effectively defies the ban.

"Parks Australia...requested that the content be removed in accordance with the wishes of Anangu, Uluru's traditional owners, and the national park's guidelines," a spokeswoman for the governing body said.

The Anangu people, the traditional owners of Uluru, have called for the climb to be closed since 1985, when the park was placed in indigenous hands, due to its spiritual significance as a route their ancestors took.

Google did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Reuters, but a spokesman told local media the company has removed the images.

"As soon as Parks Australia raised their concerns about this user contribution, we removed the imagery," a Google spokesman told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.


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