Parks Australia had asked that the user-contributed images be taken down in line with the wishes of the Anangu people who are the traditional owners of the World Heritage site. The giant red monolith in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in central Australia was closed to tourists in October 2019 at the request of the Anangu, who hold the site sacred.
« We understand Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is deeply sacred to the Anangu people, » a Google spokesperson said.
« As soon as Parks Australia raised their concerns about this user contribution, we removed the imagery, » they said.
The company said the images had been taken by users of Google maps prior to the closure of Uluru, previously known as Ayers Rock.