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Snapchat renames New York ‘Jewtropolis’ in Snap Map

New York has been renamed “Jewtropolis” within Snapchat’s Snap Map feature, after online vandals were apparently able to take it over.

Snap Map is designed to allow users to discover content within specific regions across the world, such as Snaps of sporting events, celebrations and breaking news.

It uses software provided by Mapbox, a separate company that provides custom maps for applications including Foursquare and Lonely Planet. According to Snapchat, this software was the victim of vandalism.

“Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Snap Map relies on third party mapping data which has unfortunately been subject to vandalism,” the Snapchat Support account on Twitter responded to a user who shared a screenshot of the map.

“We are working with our partner Mapbox to get this fixed immediately.”

Snapchat was not the only company to be affected by the issue. Users of  the apps Jump Bike, StreetEasy amd Zillow also reported seeing New York renamed to Jewtropolis.

The change has since been fixed by Mapbox, who said the issue was resolved on Thursday morning.

A spokesperson for Mapbox was not immediately available for comment, however CEO Eric Gunderson told Tech Crunch that the fault lay with his company.

“This is now 100 percent fixed and should have never happened. It’s disgusting,” Gundersen said. “We’re constantly scanning for this, and it’s an error on our part [to have missed it].”

Mr Gunderson added that the company was still investigating the incident.


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