Iran threatens to sue Google over Persian Gulf map omission

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Iran has threatened to sue Google over its omission of the disputed name of the Persian Gulf on Google Maps.

Iran has threatened to sue Google over its omission of the disputed name of the Persian Gulf on Google Maps.

 
The historic location between Iran and the Arabian Peninsula was left without a name on Google's popular map service due to a conflict between Iran and some Arab states over what it should be called.
 
Traditionally the name was known as the Persian Gulf, a throwback to the old region of Persia, which is now Iran and Afghanistan. However, some claim that it should more properly be known as the Arabian Gulf, highlighting tensions between Iranians and Arabs.
 
persiangulf Iran threatens to sue Google over Persian Gulf map omission
 
Google's solution of leaving the location nameless has not gone over well with Iran, however. Ramin Mehmanparast, spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry, said that Google must restore the name or face “serious damages.”
 
He said that Google had already been warned about legal action, but clearly it has ignored it. It is not yet clear if Iran will pursue its threat and if it will be successful in restoring the Persian Gulf's name on Google Maps.
 
The location can still be found easily with a search for "Persian Gulf," but the dispute just goes to show how much power there is in a name.