Google Maps Street View: Privacy error captured as horse’s face blurred out in photo

Google Maps Street View: A photo from Street View has provoked much hilarity after being shared (Image: Google Maps)

Google Maps Street View provides users with on-the-ground views of what locations around the world look like. However, there’s much more to the tool than just mundane images of the planet. Sometimes Street View throws up true gems of comedy.

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In this time of coronavirus doom and gloom, anything that can spark laughter is appreciated.

Google Maps Street View has plenty of comic images up its sleeve, often of people doing weird and wonderful things the world over.

It’s not always people who are caught in entertaining situations though.

A photo from Street View has provoked much hilarity after being shared on Reddit.

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Google Maps Street View: In the centre of the photo, a small horse can be seen (Image: Google Maps)

The image depicts a fairly ordinary patch of land with a house in the background.

In the centre of the photo, a small horse can be seen.

It’s simply standing minding its own business – seemingly unaware of the fame it’s about to discover.

However, there’s something rather unusual about the quadruped.

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Google Maps seems to have have taken the extreme measure of blurring out its face.

Indeed the photo was uploaded to Reddit with the caption: “Google street view blurred out my horses face…”

Blurring is normally done to human faces and number plates to protect identities.

The tech giant explains online: “Google takes a number of steps to protect the privacy of individuals when Street View imagery is published to Google Maps.

Google Maps Street View seems to have have taken the extreme measure of blurring out its face (Image: Google Maps)

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“We have developed cutting-edge face and license plate blurring technology that is designed to blur identifiable faces and license plates within Google-contributed imagery in Street View.

“If you see that your face or license plate requires additional blurring, or if you would like us to blur your entire house, car, or body, submit a request using the ‘Report a problem’ tool.

“Please note, however, that once Google blurs an image, the effect is permanent.

“If you submit a request to have your house blurred from Street View imagery, all historical and future images of your house will also be blurred.”

Trending Google Maps Street View: “If the face is blurred, how can you be sure it’s your horse?” one wrote (Image: Google Maps)

Could there a reason the horse’s face was blurred out? Is it a horse of great importance? Does it harbour a secret?

Although one cannot be certain, the likely reality is that the steed is merely an ordinary horse but Street View was simply overzealous with its blurring.

Reddit users have been quick to respond to the snap.

“If the face is blurred, how can you be sure it’s your horse?” one viewer quipped.

“That’s nice that they respected his privacy,” another added.