Google admits to 'goof up' in Arunachal map


“Earlier, this week, as part of routine update to Google Earth, we published new data for the Arunachal Pradesh region which changed the depiction of certain place names in the product.  The change was a result of a mistake in our processing of the new map data,” a spokesperson for the search giant said in a statement.

The spokesperson was reacting after a media report which highlighted that Google map showed certain areas of Arunachal Pradesh as parts of China.

The media report had raised suspicion about the search engine being hacked by Chinese considering that Beijing has been laying claim over entire Arunachal Pradesh, which India rejects.“We are in the process of reverting the data to its previous state and expect the change to be visible in the product shortly,” the spokesperson said.

“We would like to clarify that this issue did not impact our depiction of international borders,” the statement said.

This is not the first time that Google Earth has come in for criticism in India. Indian security agencies had earlier been complaining that Google Earth exposes Indian defence and other sensitive installations.

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