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Google Erases Kurdistan From Maps in Compliance With Turkish Government

Friday December 28, 2018. 04:33 PM , from Slashdot
schwit1 shares a report: Google has removed a map outlining the geographical extent of the Greater Kurdistan after the Turkish state asked it to do so, a simple inquiry on the Internet giant's search engine from Wednesday on can show. 'Unavailable. This map is no longer available due to a violation of our Terms of Service and/or policies,' a note on the page that the map was previously on read. Google did not provide further details on how the Kurdistan map violated its rules.

The map in question, available for years, used to be on Google's My Maps service, a feature of Google Maps that enables users to create custom maps for personal use or sharing through search. Maps drawn by ancient Greeks, Islamic historians, Ottomans, and Westerners showing Kurdistan with alternative names such as 'Corduene' or 'Karduchi' have existed since antiquity. The use of the name 'Kurdistan' was banned by the administration of Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in the immediate aftermath of the crushed Sheikh Said uprising for Kurdish statehood in 1925. Further reading: Local media report. 'Turkish officials outraged by Google map showing the unofficial border of Kurdistan. Turkey demands the removal of the map. There are around 40 million Kurds divided between 4 main countries,' Jiyar Gol, a BBC correspondent tweeted.

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