The popular app Snapchat showed New York City as “Jewtropolis” for a period of time on Thursday.
The error was highlighted through various screenshots on social media:
Snapchat eventually tweeted that their third-party platform, Mapbox, was hacked.
Buzzfeed noted that Mapbox is a platform used by several other apps and websites, such as Zillow and Citibike, meaning that New York City also appeared as “Jewtropolis” on those platforms as well.
“Mapbox has a zero-tolerance policy against hate speech and any malicious edits to our maps,” Mapbox said in a statement. “This morning, the label of ‘New York City’ on our maps was vandalized. Within an hour, our team deleted and removed that information. The malicious edit was made by a source that attempted several other hateful edits. Our security team has confirmed no additional attempts were successful.”
Some saw the humor in the situation: