By clicking on the walking option, you'd even be shown the calories in equivalence to mini cupcakes (of all things).
The experimental feature, styled as a pink cupcake, showed users how many estimated calories in terms of cupcakes that users would burn if they walked to the destination of their destination.
Yet, what really fixated the sights straight onto Big G was its benevolent decision to compare said calorie expenditure with. mini cupcakes.
Many, though, expressed outrage, claiming the feature could be a trigger for the estimated 30 million Americans with eating disorders, pointing out that compulsive calorie counting is a warning sign of some disorders such as anorexia.
The app tallied calories in confectionary units: one mini cupcake equalling 110 calories.
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Google probably thought the feature was fairly innocuous but the swift backlash led them to remove the cupcake-style calorie counter just days after rolling it out in the US. It turns out that Wednesday is National Chocolate Cupcake Day (not to be confused with regular National Cupcake Day, which is December 15) - which would have been a prime opportunity for gimmicks galore to show off Google's cupcake calorie counter.
The strong reaction to the feature sparked a heated debate online with some social media users complaining the criticism was over the top.
In particular, users objected to the fact that there was no way to turn off the feature. She also wrote: "Do they realize how extremely triggering something like this is for ppl who have had eating disorders?"
Reportedly, Google chose to give up on a new, experimental feature which first appeared on iOS about a week ago. "Oh my god and if you click walking directions it auto tells you how much food you'd burn off what the fuck", Lorenz proclaimed.
We understand that such feature could have triggered users with eating disorders, but for many users who are trying to lose weight, such functionality could have helped in their weight loss journey. "Now you can visit these places-along with many other planets and moons-in Google Maps right from your computer".