The simple context here is the trauma for the victims, still red raw no doubt.
There can be an element of solace in seeing images of loved one’s homes when they were still alive, like my seeing my Nan’s house when she was alive and inside, probably with her feet up and watching TV; this gives me a warm feeling inside, of nostalgia and love. But understandably there was no trauma there, she never died in that house in an all-engulfing fire ball.

So surely the level of disrespect from Googlemaps should be more of a focus here. Simply getting it updated with newer images would be the end goal.

I mean, would it still be okay to show burned out chars and rubble in the same way? The trauma is still there with or without the flames and the screams.

Respect should start at the beginning, in my opinion, in all situations.

As you can clearly see for yourself, if you do a simple search on Googlemaps, the difference is just one house number. One shows the tower as it is now (above), with the Green Heart that we’ve all come to know. And the other (below) shows what appears to be the tower in a pre-cladding state, pre-tragedy.

I don’t mind seeing the awesome car I had ten years ago when I google search my own house, but I’d rather not have to relive a traumatic experience, even if by accident, if all it takes is a simple graphics update of a few streets.

How does one even approach the Google castle to raise such an issue anyway?

Thanks to Sian Ball (South London) and Buick McColl for text and alerting us to this issue.

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