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#19 Hack briefly renames NYC to “Jewtropolis” on maps

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Technology users got a surprise Thursday when their social and lifestyle apps appeared to labeled the United States' largest city with an anti-Semitic header.

Mapbox, a provider of digital map technology, said it suffered a "malicious edit" Thursday morning by a person who tried to make multiple changes to its maps' data. Only one edit was published due to human error and was live for less than an hour before being deleted.

A number of people posted screenshots on Twitter showing "New York City" had been changed to "Jewtropolis" on the Mapbox map used by companies such as Snapchat parent Snap, Citi Bike and Foursquare.

Mapbox said it "has a zero tolerance policy against hate speech."

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