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Palestine map: Why is Palestine not on Google Maps? Social media conspiracy theory

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Social media users flocked outraged to Twitter yesterday as it appeared Palestine was removed from both Google and Apple maps. Prominent figures and everyday users alike have taken to the platform voicing their concern the country was being “erased”. However, the true reason is more complex than it initially appears. 

Why is Palestine not on Google Maps?

Anyone searching Palestine on Google Maps right now would be brought to a geographical boundary labelled only as Israel. 

The state is marked out on the map, intersected with lines outlining Palestinian territory. 

However, there is no label recognising the state, which has triggered online protests. 



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