18 Oct '17, 4pm

New Google Maps Feature Upsets Users, Gets Removed Within 24 Hours by @MattGSouthern

Google introduced a new feature to Google Maps on iPhone this week, only to remove it within 24 hours following user complaints. The feature was designed around encouraging users to be more active by displaying how many calories could be burned by walking to a chosen destination. On top of that, Google Maps put the calorie counts into perspective by converting them to mini cupcakes. For example, if a walk is going to burn 400 calories, Google Maps would show that you’re going to burn off almost 4 mini cupcakes. Users who received this update before it was swiftly removed felt as though it was shaming people into walking more, while potentially triggering those with eating disorders. Others argued that it sent a negative message about eating — that desserts can only be enjoyed if followed by the appropriate amount of exercise. What made matters worse for those who didn’t ap...

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