But Parks Australia, which looks after the country’s natural treasures, has asked the tech giant to remove photos uploaded by users after complaints from the Anangu aborigines, the traditional owners of Uluru.
Tourists were banned from crossing the sacred site at the end of 2019 after the Anangu people said it was being trashed by visitors eroding its surface, dumping waste and polluting nearby water points.
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Google “supports this request and is in the process of removing the content,” Parks Australia said in a statement.
“Parks Australia has alerted Google Australia to user-generated images of the Uluru summit that have been posted on their mapping platform and requested that the content be removed in accordance with the wishes of Anangu, the traditional owners of Uluru, and National Park film and photography. Guidelines, ”the statement added.
A Google spokesperson told CNN in a statement, “We understand that Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is deeply sacred to the Anangu people. ”
The company added that it had removed the images “as soon as Parks Australia raised concerns about user input,” but images from the summit remained visible on the platform on Thursday.
Tens of thousands of tourists climbed the site, formerly known as Ayers Rock, every year until it closed in October 2019.
But the use of the rock has long angered the local population, who had called for a ban on the climb since Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park was placed in their hands in 1985.
Uluru, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lies 450 kilometers (approximately 280 miles) west of Alice Springs.