People Are Seriously Upset After Snapchat Shows NYC As “Jewtropolis” On Its Map
Snapchat among other apps replace NYC with “Jewtropolis” on their maps after map vendor Mapbox was hacked
Earlier this week, an apparent hack on a variety of app maps changed the name of New York City to “Jewtropolis”. As many as six apps were affected, including Zillow, CitiBike, Snapchat, Mapbox, StreetEasy and Jump Bikes.
Couldn't find a way to report directly to @streeteasy or @zillow or @openstreetmap so here's a screen shot of a condo located in "Jewtropolis". Assuming they've been hacked. Might want to get on that and fix it. #Antisemitic @ADL_National pic.twitter.com/Z36GdrzLo9— Brian P. Klein (@brianpklein) August 30, 2018
A few reps for some of the apps immediately responded to people calling out the hack on Twitter, including Snap’s response “Hey Dan! Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Snap Map relies on third party mapping data which has unfortunately been subject to vandalism. We are working with our partner Mapbox to get this fixed immediately,” and Mapbox which made a statement within the hour saying “The malicious edit was made by a source that attempted several other hateful edits. Our security team has confirmed no additional attempts were successful".
Hey Dan! Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Snap Map relies on third party mapping data which has unfortunately been subject to vandalism. We are working with our partner Mapbox to get this fixed immediately.— Snapchat Support (@snapchatsupport) August 30, 2018
The act of hate speech that has affected our map users has been resolved. We will not accept hatred on our platform. We removed the attack within an hour of discovery and this is cleared on all maps at this time. Full statement here: https://t.co/V8KWZTSeT9 pic.twitter.com/oqUymd9ixU— Mapbox (@Mapbox) August 30, 2018
While the attack was originally on map vendor Mapbox, all other apps relying on Mapbox’s mapping technology were also hit with the anti-Semitic vandalism. Mapbox has said that the edit was made by a source that also attempted several other hateful edits.
It’s crazy to see how easy a hacker can go in and make a change to so many different apps at a couple clicks of a button. Hopefully Mapbox will be able to crack down on its security soon, preventing any future hateful edits to its mapping platform. Let us know what you think about the hack in the comments section below and be sure to subscribe to The Sitch for more hacking news and other entertaining reads.