Google Maps Calls Part of New York City a 'Drug Section' in Embarrassing Mistake

Whoops. A section of Brooklyn was recently labeled the “drug section” on Google Maps. West 8th Street in the Bensonhurst neighborhood is the supposedly shady area in question.

A Redditor posted the mistake to the site and asked how this little corner of town could be labeled the “drug section” on a legitimate navigational tool. Google uses several different methods to come up with its maps, including third party providers, public sources, and user contributions.


Google also recently updated their whole mapping system, including a new MapMaker feature that allows greater map-editing access to individuals who may or may not get a kick out of labeling a section of town The Drug Section.

So. Is this offensive or helpful information? I suppose it depends on if it’s accurate. Because if it is an area of town where drug deals commonly occur, then hells yeah, you can bet your booty I’m going to find a away around it. You know, seeing as how I’m not a druggie and all, and I don’t work vice.

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But, according to numerous responses on the original Reddit thread, the infamous Drug Section isn’t a particularly bad part of town. The biggest problem seems to be “dog crap everywhere.” One user responded, “I'd hate to see what happens if you ever wander into an actual bad neighborhood.”

I guess that’s the downside to crowd-sourced information. On the one hand you can get real time traffic updates, restaurant recommendations, or find the cheapest gas station nearby. On the other, you get wisenheimers that think it’s funny to label a street corner on Google Maps the drug section.

Upon learning of the mislabeling, Google said, "Thanks for bringing this to our attention. We're aware of the issue and are working to fix it." It has since been fixed.

How do you think the label got there?


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