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irishtimes : Google Maps under heat for erasing Palestine

Google Maps didn’t delete Palestine – it was never there

Google Maps didn’t delete Palestine – it was never there

Google has been accused of deleting Palestine from Google Maps – but the truth is, it was never labelled by Google in the first place.When searching for Palestine on Google Maps, it shows an outline, but with no label for Palestine and Israel labelled alongside it.While 136 members of the United Nations recognise Palestine as an independent state, the US and much of the west does not.

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Google Maps under heat for erasing Palestine

Google Maps under heat for erasing Palestine

Google Maps Palestine – TwitterRamallah: Nearly a quarter million people have signed a petition calling on Google to add Palestine to its maps.The petition calls on Google to label Palestine on Google maps and to clearly designate and identify the Palestinian territories illegally occupied by Israel.“According to Google, Palestine does not exist.

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No, Google didn’t delete Palestine from Google Maps

No, Google didn’t delete Palestine from Google Maps

Yesterday, Twitter went into a frenzy over the supposed deletion of Palestine from Google Maps.Users claimed that Google had deliberately removed the nation from its mapping services, leaving behind Israel as the only recognised country in the region.While this angered Twitter users around the world, it also sparked calls for Google to reinstate Palestine on Maps and for the Californian-based company to issue an apology to the Palestinian people.

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Google Maps did not ‘delete’ Palestine — but it does impact how you see it

Google Maps did not ‘delete’ Palestine — but it does impact how you see it

Users view Google Maps more than a billion times each week: It’s one of the world’s largest sources of geographic data and the first place many of us turn when we need to locate something.So it makes sense that, when a Gaza City-based journalism group claimed that the nation of Palestine had literally been wiped from Google’s maps, readers were, well — indignant.Dozens of Middle-Eastern news outlets have covered the “backlash,” and tens of thousands have Facebook-shared and tweeted it.

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