Google recognizes Palestine in update to its localized search page


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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