Deliberate Falsification of Portal Locations
It has become quite apparent in my city that some players have worked out how to game the review process for portal moves and are deliberately moving portals to false locations for strategic or convenience purposes.
There is no way certain moves would have occurred if the review process was not being manipulated, and the moves being made are relevant to Ingress players and their play.
As an example, one portal - which is for an observation deck that is accessible in real life and visible on sat view - was moved a significant way onto bitumen inside a fenced carpark that is not accessible to the general public.
The reason for this falsification is its use as a field anchor... making it impossible to centre, hard to reach, and easier to defend by recharging. The key problem i see here is that the portal location has been deliberately falsified and somehow also made it through review while _very clearly_ in a false location.
This is just one example of many, including moves to make portals closer to work or home locations and other false moves to make it harder to access portals than what the correct location offers.
Is there some process to flag manipulations of this nature, and will Niantic pursue serious penalties against those who corrupt the game in this way?
In addition to these questions, I have a related feature request, which is to be able to provide a supporting evidence photo when reporting invalid portals and as a requirement when requesting portal moves. This could assist in the quality of the portal network. Recently I have reported at least 4 portals that had been bulldozed, two with bulldozers in the photograph I took that was subsequently rejected as a portal photo 😬
Relying on Sat View and expecting an impartial review process is not working.