Think Google chairman Eric Schmidt’s recent romp around ‘Axis of Evil’ stalwart North Koreawas going to be the search giant’s only controversial political move of 2013? Think again.
The Internet behemoth has waded into what is arguably the world’s most contentious political issue after it gave de facto recognition to Palestine as an independent state.
Google altered the wording on its local google.ps homepage to “Palestine,” from “Palestinian territories” – a bold move being interpreted by some as tantamount to a digital endorsement of the Palestinian cause.
“We’re changing the name ‘Palestinian Territories’ to ‘Palestine’ across our products. We consult a number of sources and authorities when naming countries,” said Google spokesman Nathan Tyler, according to the BBC.
Tyler added: “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.”