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Google removed a number of Street View images of the Australian rock formation Uluru on Wednesday, the Australian news channel reports ABC. The Australian government requested this because the mountain is a sacred place for the indigenous people.

Uluru is also known by the western name Ayers Rock and was climbed by tourists until last year. However, the indigenous Anangu people see the rock as a sacred place that should not be entered just like that.

Since the nineties, signs have been placed near the rock asking not to climb on the rock. Parks Australia, the Australian Nature Reserve, made the decision in 2017 that the rock would be off limits from 2019 in order to respect the wishes of the Anangu.

It remained possible to ‘climb’ the rock digitally, because tourists had posted photos of the climb and the top of the rock on Google Street View. Google says to the Australian ABC that it deleted those photos on Wednesday.

The images can still be seen from the Netherlands at this time. It may take another 24 hours before the change is actually noticeable in Street View, Google said ABC. Press has asked Google for clarification.

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