Egg-flinging militants rail against Street View objectors

Google fanatics have reportedly gone on an egg-flinging rampage in Germany, throwing chicken-produced projectiles and posting pro-Google propaganda on victims’ property.

Egg-flinging militants rail against Street View objectors

The incident – centred in Essen – appeared to target people who had opted out of Google Maps’ Street View, requesting their homes to be blurred out of the photo mapping service.

According to reports, victims’ homes were pelted with free-range ballistics, while the perpetrators posted papers stating “Google’s cool” on household letter boxes.

Google moved to distance itself from the demonstrators, telling the BBC that it could not condone the militant actions of the demonstrators.

“We respect people’s right to remove their house from Street View and by no means consider this to be acceptable behaviour,” a spokesman told the corporation.

The Street View service has had a chequered introduction to Germany, with privacy groups campaigning against the service, and the government ruling that people had to be able to opt out.

Some 250,000 Germans have chosen to do just that, including a Munich resident in the same building as Google’s German office, meaning the company had to obscure its own location images.

The German public has also displayed a surprising turn of humour, with a series of jokes aimed at disrupting the Street View capture process.

Pranksters apparently faking the birth of a child and a naked man climbing into the boot of a car are just two incidents that have circulated on the web.

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