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Google Maps Lets You Review Some Members Of Congress And Boy Do People Have Opinions

"This guy is stupid!!!"

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Some users commented strictly on the services the office provided — like this person, who thought Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby's staff was "very professional."

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But others reviewed the senators themselves. Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine's comments showed how extreme people's opinions of senators could differ.

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The claim that Hillary Clinton sold 20% of the US's uranium supply to Russia has been debunked by numerous outlets.

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One commenter used the review feature to urge Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker to "please" run for reelection.

Another thanked Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake (who announced last month that he won't seek reelection) for his service.

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The comment was made in the same week the Republican announced that he's retiring in 2018.

Not all of members of Congress show up on Google Maps though.

A Google spokesperson told BuzzFeed News in an email that in order for "business listings to appear on Google Maps or Search, users or business owners need to add the location." So the reason some lawmakers' offices do not appear on Google Maps is "likely because they simply haven't been added."

So now that you're aware of this, we trust you good people of the internet will be responsible and not abuse this feature.

A Google spokesperson told BuzzFeed News in an email that "Google removes reviews that violate our policy." Users can flag comments they believe violate the company's policy, which includes rules against "spam" and "off-topic reviews."

Lissandra Villa is a politics reporter with BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC.

Contact Lissandra Villa at lissandra.villahuerta@buzzfeed.com.

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