The mapping software company Mapbox, used by Snapchat, the Weather Channel, StreetEasy, Citi Bike, and more, were vandalized to display the anti-Semitic "Jewtropolis" in place of New York City, early Thursday morning.
The change went unnoticed by Mapbox and was visible for a few hours. The company said the issue was resolved shortly before 9 a.m. ET. Mapbox confirmed that it was an act of human vandalism. Mapbox is used by a variety of developers and by 400 million people a month, but not all services that rely on Mapbox's data were affected by the vandalism. Mapbox CEO and founder Eric Gundersen said Mapbox uses humans and AI to check for vandalism, but the company is still looking into how this particular act of vandalism slipped through the cracks.
New York City name changed in Mapbox
„The malicious edit was made by a source that attempted several other hateful edits. Our security team has confirmed no additional attempts were successful. We build systems so this does not happen. Our maps are made from over 130 different sets of data, and we have a strong double validation monitoring system. Our preliminary root cause analysis shows that this act of hate speech was properly detected immediately and put into quarantine for human revie," the company said in a statement. They hope to determine the exact origin of this malicious hate speech.