Google Maps mystery as user spots blurred area in ‘censored spot’ post

A Google Maps user was baffled after coming across a censored spot on the popular app.

The area in France, which was blurred out on the site, sparked debate on Reddit about what was there and why it had been removed.

Internet sleuths did a bit of digging and discovered that the coordinates were for a prison in the commune of Montluçon.

One Reddit user gave some advice about to get around the problem of blurring.

They wrote: "My workaround for censored spots in Google Maps is to just search the location in Bing Maps.

"Linking to Bing Maps on mobile exceeds my technological talents (it was very uncooperative in browser), but this location was not censored when I manually scrolled the map to it.

"Same goes for like Dutch and Greek air bases I think? I guess governments don't remember to ask Bing to censor their maps too."

Another user speculated why governments would ask Google Maps to censor prisons.

They said: "Apparently not a thing in the US. I do understand why a government would censor prisons, I guess.

"Being able to see the layout would make it easier to plan something nefarious.

"Want to know where to land the drone loaded with drugs? Check out Google Maps."

They later added: "I just looked, and my local prison is not censored like this. I know, different country, but interesting."

Another user joked that Google were censoring a "magnum dong".

Google Maps users are often finding weird and wonderful happenings on the popular site.

Recently one came across two men "scrapping" by a deserted roundabout in Glenrothes, Scotland.

The apparent roadside brawl featured two men throwing punches with no one around them.

And another user spotted "freshly buried bodies in their graves" in a chilling shot.

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