For those who were looking to hang out Saturday at Trump Tower, the heart of Donald Trump’s life and career, it might have been tough to get directions via Google Maps. That’s because Trump Tower didn’t exist on Google Maps on Saturday.
There was, however, a 58-story mixed-use skyscraper on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan named “Dump Tower” that one could visit.
But that’s only because, as Pix 11 News reported, some clever soul figured out how to change Trump Tower’s name to Dump Tower in Google Maps.
— Fiona (@dysphemist) November 27, 2016
Ironically, Dump Tower has no public restrooms. #DumpTower
— The Notorious ROY G BIV (@robwoodyard1) November 27, 2016
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) November 27, 2016
Perhaps not surprisingly, Dump Trump also seemed to have ties to Russia.
When you search Google Maps for 'Dump Tower NYC' you get it in cyrillic, though not actual Russian. pic.twitter.com/czbwxZeyWq
— Tami Mars (@Tami_Skye_Mars) November 27, 2016
But wait. How could this have happened? Who has access to Google Maps, anyway? Let’s turn to the Google Support Frequently Asked Questions for guidance.
By Sunday, however, the Dump Tower name had been returned to its rightful owner. It is now known once again as Trump Tower.
“Some inappropriate names were surfacing in Google Maps that should not be, and we apologize for any offense this may have caused,” a Google Maps spokesperson told Pix 11. “Our teams immediately took action and have fixed the issue.”
Trump has spent his early morning tweeting about the Wisconsin vote recount and the rest of the day tweeting about how he would have won the popular vote if he had tried harder. As of this writing, there has been no Twitter mention by Trump about Dump Tower.