Google Maps, quite recently got smacked by a peculiar bug that somehow swapped the Google icons primarily for hotels in Europe and other locales with “Swastikas”, an ancient sign of prosperity.
Reportedly, some of the perplexed users in Europe, Puerto Rico along with other parts of the world brought the information to the notice of the authorities.
The Google app which has “beds” as icons for hotels was struck by a bug that morphed the icon into that of a “Swastika”.
Google Map replied by saying that the sign is a Buddhist symbol that represents a place of worship and not a “Swastika” in actuality. They also alluded that they’re up and about working on the bug fix.
Apparently, one of the users in confusion uninstalled and reinstalled the application and found out that the situation was back to normal.
The baffled users in other parts of the world than Europe also came across this strange issue and took to twitter to voice their impression on the subject.
One of the users from the capital of Ireland alluded on the topic by sending a few tweets where they imparted the glimpses of the “bed-bug”.
The “Swastika”, after the terrorizing reign of Hitler had and has become identical with the Nazi sentiment but well before that, the Buddhist symbol always meant power and prosperity.
The rationale behind the entire bug situation could be the fact that Google Maps has a feature that lets users look at locations by ‘points of interest’.
Every “Point of interest” has its own symbol corresponding to it, like a ‘fork and knife’ for restaurants and a ‘shopping bag’ for shopping centers.
But as the further developments went, the fact emerged that the icon in question was always meant to represent Buddhist temples, especially in places where it still is considered as a “Religious sign”.
Despite the aforementioned fact, Google established that the sudden appearance of the “Swastika” or Buddhist symbol is an accident and it is not supposed to be on the Maps.