After receiving harsh criticism from people who suffer or have suffered from eating disorders, Google has chose to remove the small cupcake calorie counter from its Google Maps iOS apps. Now, that will no longer exist in the app. The calories were communicated in equivalence to the amount of "mini cupcakes".
Another criticism was that users were not given the option to turn off the feature. So, starting today, the tech giant will completely remove the controversial calorie counter. While knowing how many calories you need can be beneficial in weight loss, it's also a hard number to get right. Google Maps would then display the info regarding this as well as suggesting a certain route on the map. For example, road blocks or construction sites.
The experimental feature, which was rolled out globally, expressed calorie estimates in the form of mini cupcakes, according to a screenshots posted on Twitter.
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Users flocked to criticise Google Maps, with many pointing out that since Google used calorie estimates for the "average" people - the resulting information wasn't very helpful to users looking to burn more calories. However, the problem is that nobody has said what an average person should look like. TechCrunch also wrote that excessive calorie counting "is a hallmark of anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders".
However, a vocal minority of users decided that this is an offensive move on Google's part as it was merely an abstract number that was specifically targeting women with eating disorders. Also, more than welcome. Or Google could embellish the feature to take into account details about the user's health, including general factors like age, weight, and gender. "Now you can visit these places-along with many other planets and moons-in Google Maps right from your computer".