Google removes Street View virtual tour of Australia’s Uluru

Google has removed images from its Street View that allowed users to virtually walk on Uluru, a sacred site for Indigenous Australians closed to tourists since last year, the company said Friday.

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.