Google said on Friday that it had removed images from Street View, allowing users to walk on Uluru in Australia.
The Australian Parks requested that the images provided by users be consistent with the wishes of the Anangu, the traditional owner of the World Heritage Site.
In the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in central Australia, the huge red boulder was closed to tourists at the request of Saint Anangu in October 2019.
A Google spokesperson said: “We know that Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park has sacred significance to the Anangu people.”
They said: “The Australian Parks Association deleted the image after expressing concerns about user contributions.”
The company said the images were taken by users of Google Maps before Uluru (formerly known as Ayers Rock) closed.
The Street View feature allows users to take a virtual hike to various locations on the earth.
Thousands of tourists climb to the top of Uluru every year ignoring the wishes of their traditional owners.
The climbing was permanently closed on October 26, 2019, and the ownership anniversary was returned to the Anangu people.
Uluru has great spiritual and cultural significance to the Aborigines of Australia, and their connection with the site can be traced back tens of thousands of years.
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