April 1, 2007: But Who Will Watch The Watchers From Space?Google, first as an information organizer and then, with features like Google Maps, as an information provider, has been highly trusted. Now they've put a foot very wrong.
It appears unquestionably true that Google has replaced a lot of its current imagery of the battered New Orleans area with older pictures that show a clean, intact, pre-Katrina city.
No, that's not an April Fool's joke. It's real, and it sounds more like the thing you'd expect from a government.
Whatever the supposed reason for this falsification, Google won't get its reputation back until it corrects its imagery. And in the future Google Maps won't be seen as quite as much of an authority.
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