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Iran Threatens To Sue Google For Not Labeling Persian Gulf

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    Iran Threatens To Sue Google For Not Labeling Persian Gulf - Irresistible News Story - KHBS NW Arkansas (click for full article)

    "(CNN) -- Iran is taking on one of the world's biggest Internet giants, threatening to sue over something that is not on its maps.On state-run Press TV, the Iranian regime warns it may take legal action against Google for not labeling the Persian Gulf.


    It's the latest volley in what one expert calls a "war of words" that has raged for decades over the waterway that borders Iran and several Arab countries.


    Iran previously lashed out against the U.S. military for calling the waterway the Arabian Gulf.


    In a statement Thursday, the Iranian regime accused Google of carrying out efforts of Iran's enemies.


    "Toying with modern technologies in political issues is among the new measures by the enemies against Iran, (and) in this regard, Google has been treated as a plaything," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Thursday, according to state-run Press TV.
    He added that "omitting the name Persian Gulf is (like) playing with the feelings and realities of the Iranian nation."


    On state-run news agency IRNA, Iranian officials accused Google of having removed the words "Persian Gulf."


    But a Google spokesperson told CNN the body of water was never labeled.


    "It's just simply the case that we don't have a label for every body of water," the spokesperson said, speaking anonymously on the issue in keeping with company policy.


    The spokesperson would not name any other specific areas that are not labeled.


    If you type "Persian Gulf" into Google Maps, the resulting map shows you the Persian Gulf but does not label it. Nearby bodies of water -- including the Gulf of Oman, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden and Red Sea -- are labeled.


    Google uses the marker "A" to show you whichever location you requested. The column to the left of the map does say that the A is in the "Persian Gulf."


    Anger over the lack of a label on the map has spread not just within Iran's government, but among the population and Iranians living around the world. At least nine pages on Facebook are dedicated to the issue, including "Hey Google, put Persian Gulf back on the map" and "Boycott Google for removing Persian Gulf from the maps."
     
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