For a while, Google’s Map Maker had received quite a bit of bad press due to the amount of spam that came about from those who used the product. In May of 2015, Map Maker had been shut down to help prevent disasters like this. There was an announcement by Google that they’re shutting down Map Maker entirely in March of 2017, and this made many people happy.
But will this be the end of the spam? Maybe not.
Realistically, those users who’s motives are less than good will still be able to make edits to business listings, just like they did before. But rather than using Map Maker, they’ll do it through Google Maps. They’ll simply use “suggest an edit on the listing.
Spammers already know this, and they’ve shifted the majority of their edits to Google Maps because it ends up allowing them to hide the activity they do from the general public.
Right now, if a user makes an edit to a listing on map Maker, the edit history on the listing shows their user nae, and you can see what edits they’ve made.
This feature allows users of Maps users and marketing companies to nail spammers and report them to Google. They can even report the user too.
But with Google Maps, the users remain anonymous. There isn’t anyway for anybody to see what types of edits they have made int he past, and who else they may have sabotaged. The only one who can see or do anything about this is Google themselves.