Google has since removed offensive prank listings and reviews from its map of Jeffrey Epstein’s private island Granthshala raised the issue.
James, a 75-acre retreat in the US Virgin Islands, where Epstein and his associates allegedly abused several teenage girls, two users previously named “Rape Center” and “Boy Thrussy Chamber” on Google Maps— The places submitted were, using a sexual slang term for a hug.
“Great service and entertainment. Can recommend!” Claiming to have included a four-star rating. And a star rating stating that “the name is a bit sketchy, explains the place well”.
On Thursday, Google removed both those reviews and then the location lists. Granthshala drew the attention of the company to them.
However, a second check was conducted on Saturday to nix reviews involving Little St. James, which was submitted three to four years earlier and was given an average rating of 4.7 stars out of five.
A Google spokesperson said: “As soon as we were made aware of these listings, our teams took immediate action to investigate, remove policy-violating content, and put in place security measures to prevent further abuse.
“We have clear policies that prohibit offensive and counterfeit contributed content, and our automated systems and trained operators work round the clock to monitor the map for suspicious behavior.
“We encourage our users to report deceptive locations and inappropriate content, which helps us improve our automatic identification systems and keep information on maps authentic and reliable.”
Little St. James has been the target of intense interest and feverish speculation since Epstein’s death apparently by suicide in 2019. The billionaire bought it in 1998 for $8m (£6m) through a shell company, turning it into an idyllic island retreat he often referred to as “Little St.
Locals, however, called it “pedophile island”, and prosecutors say it was the heart of an international abuse network that drove girls aged 12 to 17 around the world into “sexual slavery” for the benefit of wealthy clients. .
Court documents filed by the Attorney General of the US Virgin Islands allege that Epstein used the island’s solitude to resist inspections by authorities and to prevent victims from escaping, transporting them to nearby via his private helicopters. Driven to St Thomas’ Airport.
The “rape center” on Google Maps was placed in place of a strange blue-and-white striped temple structure that has been the subject of dark conjecture, while the “chamber” was placed at the northern end near Epstein’s main mansion complex. island.
Google relies on users to populate its worldwide maps, with rules requiring that they be “based on real experiences and information”, and forbidding “deliberately fake” or “unnecessary or inaccurate” content.
Still the search giant is Police Long Fight for Fake Content, from innocuous jokes and childish sentences to deliberate attempts to enhance the reputation of businesses or discredit their competitors. It uses artificial intelligence to scan for new submissions that may be fake, with “thousands” of human workers investigating obscure cases.
Last year google said It blocked or removed 55 million rule-breaking reviews, 160 million photos and 3.5 million videos, as well as disabled more than 610,000 suspicious accounts and blocked more than 3 million attempts to register fake business profiles.
In June, the UK Competition and Markets Authority launched an investigation into fake reviews on the services of Google and Amazon, saying the two tech giants were concerned “not doing enough to protect customers and honest businesses”.
This story was updated at 9 p.m. on Saturday, November 13, after Google removed the second set of reviews.
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