Google to Change Google Maps for Rio
Search Engine giant Google have agreed to rejig their online Google map of the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro after it was criticised by the city for placing prominence on the town’s infamous favela
“Google never intended to defame Rio,” claimed Google’s director of communications in Brazil, Felix Ximenes. He also ensured to note that the person who drew up the Google map was a Rio native himself.
People who check out the city on Google Maps at the moment will spot a favela in almost every area of Rio, which has led Google to pledge that they will update the map to place prominence on normal streets rather than the slums.
The slums occupy just 3.8% of the city’s total area, making their prominence on Google Maps a fallacy according to institute for town planning Pereira Matos.