Snapchat, Weather Channel, and others hit with anti-Semitic vandalism

New Yorkers who opened up Snapchat, The Weather Channel, CitiBike or a number of other apps and services this morning found that the name of their city had been swapped with anti-Semitic vandalism, replacing it with “Jewtropolis.”

The offensive change appears to have been a result of edits to Mapbox, a widely used service that powers the maps inside of all these apps and more. The change was also spotted inside the app for StreetEasy and on The New York Times’ map of 2016 election results. Mapbox also lists Vice, Vox (our sibling site), and the FCC as groups that have made use of their maps, however the vandalism didn’t show up on those sites.

Mapbox did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Snap tweeted that…

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Author: Jacob Kastrenakes

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