Vote for Israel or Palestine for Google Maps

Is Google Earth conducting a vote over whether to identify Israel or Palestine on its maps?

Claim:   Google Earth is conducting a vote over whether to identify Israel or Palestine on its maps.


Example:   [Collected via e-mail, August 2014]

Is this true or hoax?

Please share –
Google launches a vote to name Israel or Palestine on its map in Google Earth. So far 72% voted in favour of Israel. Please send it to each list you have to vote for PALESTINE.

All you have to do is click on the link below and then select the PALESTINIAN FLAG …

Thanks for your support


This just take seconds please vote


Origins:   This appeal to vote for whether Google Earth should identify Israel or Palestine on its maps of the Middle East hit the Internet in mid-2014 amidst armed conflict between Israeli forces and Hamas militants. There was nothing to it: Google doesn’t choose how to identify the national entities shown on its maps by popular vote, and Google Earth recognizes both Israel and Palestine as geopolitical entities to users who search on either of those terms. The only purpose this putative “vote” serves is to drive traffic to the named (non-Google affiliated) site.

Last updated:   3 August 2014
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