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Google Maps house with cheeky message pictured after ‘request to blur denied’

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Photos have emerged of a house which had a cheeky message on its roof – believed by many to be a response to Google Maps being unable to blur the home from its satellite view.

Last month a Google Maps enthusiast shared a screenshot of the property on Reddit after discovering someone had written "F**k you," on the roof.

The property is blurred when on street view, although it is not blurred on satellite, leading people to speculate the message may be a response to a request to have it obscured from above on the platform.

And after the house and its message came to light, people have been desperate to see what it looks like.

Posting on Facebook, users quickly revealed you could see the property from a close neighbour.

Posting a screenshot from Google Maps, one person wrote: "I took the liberty to view the house from the next street over (just because he didn’t want people to see) because I wanted to see what he used to make the sign."

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Another user said they had also found the property on Google Maps, and when working in the area one day they decided to go and see if it was real.

Tom Urmson wrote on Facebook: "Here is the actual house. I was in the area one day and had to see if it was true…..it is!"

Speaking to the Daily Star, Mr Urmson revealed the property is in a "sketchy" part of town.

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He said: "I went over there because I saw a Google image of it back in August of last year and wanted to see if it was true or if someone had photoshopped the image.

"To my surprise, it was in fact true.

"The house is boarded up so whether it was put on the roof because of a foreclosure or a storm, I don’t know, but it does in fact have those letters on the roof either way."

Following the discovery, the Reddit user said: "They've had their property image blurred from StreetView as well… hah.

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"What's funny is that, while you can't see it clearly, it looks completely different on Apple Maps satellite view… like it says something else.

"Actually… looking at it in Bing Maps, it looks the same as Apple Maps… like the paint ran after a while and makes it look messed up.

"EDIT: Looking again on DuckDuckGo, looks like they were or are trying to change it to say "EAT S***"… hah."

A Google spokesperson previously told the Daily Star: "Google does not itself blur satellite imagery.

"Google Earth is built from a broad range of imagery providers, including public, government, commercial and private sector sources – some of which may blur images before they supply it to us.

"Such imagery is commercially available on the market (including to other map services) from third party providers.

"Any inquiries should be directed to that provider."

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