Snapchat confirmed as much in a tweet. "Snap Map relies on third party mapping data which has unfortunately been subject to vandalism," the company said, adding that it was working with Mapbox to fix the problem.
"Snap Map, similar to other apps, relies on third-party mapping data from OpenStreetMap, which unfortunately has been vandalized," a Snap spokesperson told Engadget. "This defacement is deeply offensive and entirely contrary to our values, and we want to apologize to any members of our community who saw it. We are working with our partner Mapbox to fix this as quickly as possible."
Update 8/30/18 11:25AM ET: A Snap spokesperson informed Engadget that the issue has now been fixed on Snap Map.
Update 8/30/18 1:29PM ET: In a statement to TechCrunch, Mapbox CEO Eric Gundersen said the company's "security experts are working to determine the exact origin of this malicious hate speech. We apologize to customers and users who were exposed to this disgusting attack."
Gundersen explained they company's AI "immediately flagged" the issue, but the manual (human) review process led to the names showing up in a range of apps.
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