Google Updates Places Reporting Abuse Vulnerability

Remember the community reporting system for Google Places, which recently came under fire due to potential vulnerabilities that allowed users to inaccurately label businesses as being "permanently closed," Google promised to bring the changes. Google on September 14, quitely introduced its solution. Now, Google will label businesses as closed only if they have first conducted […]

Remember the community reporting system for Google Places, which recently came under fire due to potential vulnerabilities that allowed users to inaccurately label businesses as being "permanently closed," Google promised to bring the changes.

Google on September 14, quitely introduced its solution. Now, Google will label businesses as closed only if they have first conducted a review of the reported information.

Rather than simply accepting the user feedback when it comes to public labels on a business, Google has "removed the interim notification about a report having been made so that a listing will only be updated after it has been reviewed by Google and we believe the change to be accurate."

This allows Google to work as a fail-safe to abuse, although a stringent verification process for business closure is still - for the time being - conspicuously absent.

Per Ethan Russell, Senior Product Manager blog post:

"As promised, we've recently made a change to our process of displaying when a business has been reported to be closed on its place page. More specifically, we have removed the interim notification about a report having been made so that a listing will only be updated after it has been reviewed by Google and we believe the change to be accurate."