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Palestine fred linder 5/4/13 10:06 AM
Is it true that Google Inc. has recognized Palestine as a state and entered into an international dispute by siding with the U.N.? If so, this is very disturbing news for me and my friends. If so, we are not going to use any google services or products.
Re: Palestine mixalisaspr 5/4/13 11:10 AM
That's right. Here is a part of a BBC article about it.

In a statement given to the BBC on Friday, Google spokesman Nathan Tyler said: "We're changing the name 'Palestinian Territories' to 'Palestine' across our products. We consult a number of sources and authorities when naming countries.

"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."

Re: Palestine Bruce Alan 5/6/13 7:35 AM
There is no such a nation or history of such a peoples as Palestine.
Re: Palestine .g. 5/6/13 7:36 AM
In explaining its decision to switch from "Palestinian territories" to "Palestine," Google said that it is following the lead of the UN.   Why did Google chose to follow the lead of the UN (populated by governments that -- I would hope -- Google finds reprehensible), rather than following the lead of the US, Canada or other governments that better align with Google's own professed values?
Re: Palestine mixalisaspr 5/6/13 10:48 AM
I don't think that it is about US or Canada, it is more an international issue and I totally understand why Google proceeded in this move -either I agree or not-, after all these international organizations are referring to Palestine with that name.

Anyway, here is not the best place to discuss about it and unfortunately I don't know where to redirect you if you want official answers by Google.
Re: Palestine .g. 5/6/13 11:10 AM
Hi.   I understand that it's an international issue;  but international entities follow both standards (using "Palestinian territories" and using "Palestine").   The question is why Google would choose to follow the UN's lead (an organization with a large majority of regimes whose judgment Google rejects on matters like women's rights, gay rights and freedom of expression, press, religion and movement), rather than follow the lead of international entities populated by governments that do share Google's values.