Google Maps users came across an unhappy homeowner's furious note on the top of their house. Users believe that the message is directed at the media giants.
One user shared a screenshot of the property on Reddit. Soon after he posted the photo, it sparked speculations. One user said it had been left for Google after the homeowner's request to blur their property from the platform's Satellite View was rejected.
The property, located in Neese Lane in Moss Point, Mississippi, US, was blurred from Street View on Google Maps. However, it is not obscured on the Satellite View.
Google confirmed that they will permanently blur properties on Street View for privacy reasons. But they will not do the same on their Satellite View.
This resulted in the fuming homeowner writing "F**k you" on their rooftop.
One Reddit user shared, "They've had their property image blurred from StreetView as well... hah! What's funny is that, while you can't see it clearly, it looks completely different on Apple Maps satellite view... like it says something else. Actually... looking at it in Bing Maps, it looks the same as Apple Maps... like the paint ran after a while and makes it look messed up.
"EDIT: Looking again on DuckDuckGo, looks like they were or are trying to change it to say "EAT S**T"... hah."
Another Reddit user responded by saying, "I imagine they had Google blur their house on Street View (ya know, for privacy). But Google wouldn't do it for Satellite View as it is done by third party providers. So this was the homeowner's response."
It has also been added that Google Earth is built from a broad range of imagery providers. This included public, government, commercial and private sector sources. Sometimes, images are blurred before they are made available for Google to use.
A Google spokesperson stated; "Google does not itself blur satellite imagery. Google Earth is built from a broad range of imagery providers, including public, government, commercial and private sector sources. Some of which may blur images before they supply it to us. Such imagery is commercially available on the market (including to other map services) from third party providers.
"Any inquiries should be directed to that provider."