Google recognizes Palestine in update to its localized search page

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Google has changed the localized search page that was previously labelled for the “Palestinian territories” to simply read “Palestine.” Google spokesperson Nathan Tyler acknowledged the change — which went into effect on May 1st — to the BBC, explaining that the change will apply not just to Google’s localized search page but will go into effect across the company’s product line. “We consult a number of sources and authorities when naming countries,” Tyler said. “In this case, we are following the lead of the UN, ICANN [the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers], ISO [International Organisation for Standardisation] and other international organisations.”

Last November the United Nations granted Palestine non-member…

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