Google Recognizes Palestine, Sort Of

The search engine has updated the Palestinian landing page to recognize it as a nation. But not on Google maps. posted on

Google just changed the tagline on their Palestinian search engine landing page from “Palestinian Territories” to “Palestine,” as reported by Foreign Policy. This comes a year after the U.N. General Assembly voted to recognize it as a nation state.

3. The old version

Translation: “Palestinian Territories”

4. The new version

5. But on Google Maps Palestine is still a territory.

Google — Google Maps in particular — has come to represent a sort of ad-hoc international political body. The manner in which it recognizes borders and territories carries no official weight, but lots of practical weight: its changes are instant, and hundreds of millions of people interact with Google Maps on a regular basis.

Google has not yet returned a request for comment.

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