Google re­moves street view vir­tual tour of Uluru

Bangkok Post - - ASIA -

ALICE SPRINGS: Google has re­moved im­ages from its Street View that al­lowed users to vir­tu­ally walk on Aus­tralia’s Uluru, a sa­cred Abo­rig­i­nal site closed to tourists since last year, the com­pany said yes­ter­day.

Parks Aus­tralia had asked that the user-con­trib­uted im­ages be taken down in line with the wishes of the Anangu peo­ple who are the tra­di­tional own­ers of the World Her­itage site.

The gi­ant red mono­lith in Uluru-Kata Tjuta Na­tional Park in cen­tral Aus­tralia was closed to tourists in Oc­to­ber 2019 at the re­quest of the Anangu, who hold the site sa­cred.

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

“As soon as Parks Aus­tralia raised their con­cerns about this user con­tri­bu­tion, we re­moved the im­agery,” they said.

The com­pany said the im­ages had been taken by users of Google maps prior to the clo­sure of Uluru, pre­vi­ously known as Ay­ers Rock.

The Street View func­tion al­lows users to take vir­tual walk­ing tours of lo­ca­tions around the planet.

Thou­sands of tourists climbed to the top of Uluru each year in de­fi­ance of the wishes of its tra­di­tional own­ers.

The climb was per­ma­nently closed on Oct 26, 2019, the an­niver­sary of own­er­ship be­ing handed back to the Anangu peo­ple.

AFP

Climb­ing Uluru, for­merly known as Ay­ers Rock, the world’s largest mono­lith, was closed last year. Google has de­cided to re­spect that de­ci­sion.

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