Google’s Street View car captured the first kiss between teenage lovebirds in Staffordshire, England, then the intimate moment appeared on the web for all to see. Now CNET has discovered that the image has been replaced by one that’s blank save for the words “This image is no longer available.”
The Daily Mail reported that the teens are Hayley Moss and Eddie Bateman — and that they’re still together several months after the photo was taken. That’s an impressive feat for teenagers.
There’s been no indication as to why the image was removed. The families of the teens might have requested it, as it does appear that the teens are engaging in more than a light peck. Moss told the Daily Mail, “It looks more than it is, but it really was just a kiss.”
From potential kidnappers to Sherlock Holmes look-a-likes, Google has captured all sorts of wild things with its Street View cars, but these glimpses into everyday life have been viewed as invasions of privacy by some people. One year ago, residents of a UK village blocked a Street View car, irate that it was taking pictures of their homes, and since then the European Union has dictated that Google must remove its Street View images six months after they’re first posted.
Would you have wanted your first kiss to appear on Google Street View, or would you have requested to have it pulled? What if your teenager and his or her significant other were the ones doing the kissing instead?
Source – mashable