Anti-Semitic hackers renamed New York City “Jewtropolis” on maps displayed in a handful of popular apps — including Snapchat, CitiBike and StreetEasy.
Outraged users spotted the defaced maps and started tweeting screenshots of them Thursday morning, calling them “racist,” “anti-Semitic” and “not the best look.”
All of the apps affected seem to be using an embedded map from a company called Mapbox, which provides custom online maps.
They said in a statement that the label of their New York City map had been vandalized.
“The malicious edit was made by a source that attempted several other hateful edits. Our security team has confirmed no additional attempts were successful,” they said, adding that the label was deleted within an hour.
The company said their security experts were trying “to determine the exact origin of this malicious hate speech” and were working with authorities.
Snap, the company that owns Snapchat, said it relies “on third-party mapping data which has unfortunately been subject to vandalism.”
The company called the offensive stunt “deeply offensive and contrary to our values.”
Mapbox, which pulls geographical data from a service called OpenStreetMap, provides the base layer of maps to more than 420 million people every month. Companies can then plot their own data on top of that base layer.
The JUMP Bikes, Zillow and The New York Times maps were also affected.