Google Maps users reported that swastikas began to appear in places such as Dublin, Edinburgh, Las Vegas and London, among others.
Many went to Twitter to express their insult. A woman named Katie, from the Irish capital, Dublin, wrote in her account that she saw the symbol appear instead of the bed icon, usually for hotels in the application.
The woman told The Huffington Post that "I searched for hotels in the vicinity, when I noticed the Swastikas." "I thought it was very strange, so I took a screen, here I wrote to Google Maps asking about that," explained Katie.
Swastiko was adopted by the Nazi party in Germany before World War II, and under the leadership of Adolf Hitler became a symbol of anti-seismism and terror. However, in the beginning it had a completely different and much more positive meaning, since for thousands of years it was a symbol of deity and spirituality in Hindu religions.
– Andy (@IngyAndy) November 30, 2018
According to the media, the image seen in the application of Google Maps is not a swastic, but a "Buddhist symbol of worship", so the company has allowed users to mark interests through this icon. In fact, this icon appears in the list of Google Maps markers as an official symbol for Buddhist temples.
Also, Google announced that these symbols are used incorrectly and appear in some places where they should not be.
"We are aware that these religious symbols are wrongly shown in some hotels and we are working on a solution to recover the right hotel icon in these places," the organization's speaker said by e-mail to The HuffPost.