Australian Parks once requested that the images provided by users match the wishes of the Anangu people, the traditional owners of the World Heritage Site.
In the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in central Australia, the huge red boulder was closed to tourists at the request of Saint Anangu in October 2019.
A Google spokesperson said: “We know that Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is of sacred significance to the Anangu people.”
They said: “As soon as Australia Park expressed concerns about user contributions, we deleted the image.”
The company said the images were taken by users of Google Maps before Uluru (formerly known as Ayers Rock) closed.
The Street View feature allows users to take virtual hikes to locations around the earth.
Every year, thousands of tourists climb to the top of Uluru regardless of the wishes of their traditional owners.
The climbing was permanently closed on October 26, 2019, and the ownership anniversary was returned to the Anangu people.
Uluru has great spiritual and cultural significance to the Aborigines of Australia, and their connection with the site can be traced back tens of thousands of years.
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