But the Australian Parks Service, which is responsible for Australia’s natural resources, has asked the tech giant to record the photos uploaded by users after a complaint made by the Anangu indigenous people, the traditional owner of Uluru.
After the Anangu people said tourists eroded its surface, dropped rubbish and polluted nearby puddles, the resort banned tourists from crossing the holy site at the end of 2019.
Before the ban took effect, tourists climbed to Uluru.
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Parkes Australia said in a statement that Google “supports this requirement and is removing content.”
“Australia Park reminded Google Australia to pay attention to the images generated by users of the Uluru Summit, which have been posted on its mapping platform, and requested that their content be deleted in accordance with the wishes of Uluru’s traditional owner Anangu and National Park Film and Photography. Guidelines”.
A Google spokesperson said in a CNN statement: “We understand that Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park has sacred significance to the Anangu people.”
The company added that “as soon as Australia Park raised concerns about user contributions,” the images were deleted, but the photos from the summit on Thursday are still visible on the platform.
Every year thousands of tourists climb the site, formerly known as Ayers Rock, until it closes in October 2019.
Uluru, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located 450 kilometers (about 280 miles) west of Alice Springs.