Google is correcting a blunder on their map of Washington D.C. that showed the Russell Senate Office Building had already been named after the late Senator John McCain, a mishap that occurred one day after President Donald Trump slammed the tech giant as ‘rigged.’
It appears a user changed the map of Capitol Hill so the building appears at the McCain Senate Office Building.
However, when the mouse hoovers over the building, its proper name – the Russell Senate Office Building – pops up.
A spokesperson for Google said the error was being corrected.
Google maps showed a Senate office building was renamed for John McCain
An impromptu memorial of flowers and a U.S. Navy officers hat stands outside of the Russell Senate Office Building in honor of Sen. John McCain
‘We empower people to contribute their local knowledge to the map, but we recognize that there may be occasional inaccuracies or premature changes suggested by users. When this happens, we work to address as quickly as possible. We have implemented a fix for this issue that is rolling out now,’ a spokesperson for the company said.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer has proposed renaming the Russell building after the late senator, a change the entire Senate body would need to vote on.
Some senators, however, have shown resistance to the idea.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he’d form a bipartisan panel to examine the best way to honor the late senator, who served for over 30 years in the Capitol.
McCain ‘meant so much to so many of us — inside this chamber and out,’ McConnell said Tuesday in a speech on the Senate floor. ‘The Senate is eager to work on concrete ways to continue this momentum and provide a lasting tribute to this American hero long after this week’s observances are complete.’
One suggestion floating around is naming a room used by the Senate Armed Services Committee after McCain, who was chairman of the panel.
Another idea is to add McCain’s portrait to a reception room right off the Senate floor – an honor only given to seven senators thus far including Henry Clay, Daniel Webster and Robert Taft.
Google maps showed a Senate office building was named after Sen. John McCain
There is a proposal to rename the building after McCain but the whole Senate must approve it
The mishap came one day after President Trump slammed the tech giant
The mistake on Google maps came one day after Trump claimed Google ‘rigged’ its searches to show negative news stories about him.
‘I think that Google really taking advantage of a lot of people,’ he said. ‘It’s not fair to large portions of the population.’
Invoking Facebook and Twitter, he said, ‘We have literally thousands and thousands of complaints coming in. And you just can’t do that.’
He also claimed in the tweets that the search engine giant is ‘suppressing’ the voices of conservatives and ‘hiding information and news that is good.’ He hinted that his administration was considering official action.
Google categorically denied that politics play any role in the complex algorithms that determine what users are shown when they search a term.
It said in a statement responding to Trump it said: ‘Search is not used to set a political agenda’ and that ‘we never rank search results to manipulate political sentiment.’