Here are the 31 countries Google Maps won’t draw borders around
In an email to Quartz a Google spokesperson said the company is “committed to providing our users with the richest, most up-to-date maps possible,” and that it uses multiple resources to decide how to depict political areas.
Google may be standing up to government surveillance, but on Google Maps it shies away from conflict.
The company displays the borders of 31 states differently than the other 162 members of the United Nations. Many of these countries have long had disputed borders or are currently facing military conflicts.
Google Maps is customized in many ways to better serve people based on their location, and adhere to local laws, regulations, and preferences according to Google. But the geo-highlighting feature, which puts a border around searched areas, is unaffected by a person’s location. For instance, a search for “Brazil” in Google Maps yields this:
The name of the country and its border turns red, highlighting it.
However, someone who searches for “South Sudan” gets this:
There is no highlighting other than the Google’s branded pin.
Other searches yield even less detail. Google’s software responds to a search for “India” only by centering the map on the sub-continent…
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