The Jerusalem Post‘s David Shamah opinionates about the Google Earth Community layer in Google Earth and on whether Google is responsible for the accuracy of its content in the context of the recent news that the Israeli town of Kiryat Yam is attempting to take Google to court for slander.
The first half of the article is incomprehensible to me (what do “false flags” have to do with anything?) but the second half provides a good retort as to why Thameen Darby’s layer may not be so reliable. Still, Shamah gets it wrong when he concludes:
Of course, the Google people will say that anyone who wishes to catalog the Israeli side of the story is welcome to. But if Google wants its tools to become the vehicles that supply us with the information we need, it has a responsibility – because of its respectability – to ensure that the balance is there, and not leave it up to “volunteers.”
Actually, Yes, do leave it up to the volunteers. There is a precedent for it — it is called Wikipedia. Shamah knows about Wikipedia — he uses it repeatedly in his article to reference his argument.