Over at the Google Product Forums, Googler Pavithra Kanakarajan wrote that the company has shuttered auto-approval and user moderation globally for Map Maker until a better mousetrap can be built. And by mousetrap, we mean a better way to make sure that something like this prank cannot be repeated again.
With the auto-approval and user moderation shut down, a nasty backlog has developed as edits are going through a manual approval process. With those huge backlogs, Google has decided that starting today, it has disabled editing across all countries. Kanakarajan says that putting a new system in place is going to take more than a few days, and Google hopes to have this resolved as soon as possible.
source: GoogleProductForums via BGR