Google banned “walking” on the sacred mountain in Australia using Street View

The Australian Parks Authority has asked Google to remove images of the top of the indigenous sacred site of Uluru, which allows users to visit the summit via Street View. The fact is that Australian aborigines consider this mountain sacred, according to ABC.

The summit of Mount Uluru is of great spiritual importance to the Anangu, a traditional tribe in Australia. For the aborigines, this is a sacred place where unauthorized entry is prohibited. For tourists, access to the mountain itself was closed back in October 2019. However, Google users have found a loophole.

Google Maps Street View allows people to navigate it’s surroundings as part of a virtual walking tour. Street View contains 360-degree images of Uluru Peak, allowing users to effectively ignore the ban.

A spokesman for the Australian Parks Authority said it had “alerted Google Australia to user-generated imagery from the top of Uluru that has been uploaded to its mapping platform.”

The management spokesman also “demanded that the content be removed immediately in accordance with the wishes of the Anangu, the traditional owners of Uluru, and the National Park’s Film and Photography Regulations.”

Google Australia told ABC that it is working to remove all images, including user-generated content, to defy the ban. The company added that the changes can take effect within 24 hours.

“We understand that Uluru-Kata-Tjuta National Park is deeply sacred to the Anangu people,” said a Google Australia spokesman.