NETIZENS have spotted a North Korean concentration camp on Google Maps – and are posting fake reviews of the grim facility.
More than 400 joke reviews, which are mostly positive, have been left on the official Google page for the Yodok Concentration Camp.
North Korea’s Yodok Concentration Camp as seen in satellite imagery on Google Maps
Satellite images of the grim facility on the search giant’s digital map service show a string of neatly aligned buildings positioned next to a river.
Yodok is about 60 miles northeast of Pyongyang and was used to imprison perceived enemies of the state and political dissidents.
As many as 50,000 people were held there at any one time to do forced labour. The torture camp is believed to have shut down in 2014.
Despite Yodok’s horrific past, some Google Maps users have taken it upon themselves to leave phony reviews of the site.
Posting a video of the discovery on Reddit in February, one user wrote: “Turns out North Korean concentration camps have reviews on Google.”
One person responded: “I’m surprised it has such high reviews. I’ve seen hotels with worse reviews.”
Another wrote: “Given that it’s North Korea, I can only imagine any negative reviews have been deleted.”
Yodok has 441 reviews on Google, with an average rating of 3.7 out of five stars.
One vile review states: “Food was amazing, atmosphere was great , staff was consistently going above for our needs.”
Experts estimate that hundreds of thousands of people – including children – are detained in political prisoner camps in North Korea.
Prisoners are forced to do hard labour, often in mines, and receive little in the way of food, clothing and heating.
They are frequently banished to the remote sites for life for perceived crimes against Kim Jong Un’s authoritarian regime.
A number of international NGOs such as Amnesty International dedicate their time to identifying North Korea’s camps using satellite imagery.
According to their research, it appears that the captives are spread across at least six enormous facilities.
In 2017, a judge of the the International Court of Justice said that North Korea’s political prisons are just as bad as – and perhaps even worse than – the Nazi concentration camps of the Holocaust.
North Korea has repeatedly and falsely claimed that the hellish torture sites don’t exist.
You can look up the location of the camp in Google Maps
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