Google Sued by Iran for Leaving “Persian Gulf” off Maps

Google May Be Sued by Iran for Leaving “Persian Gulf” off Maps

Google May Be Sued by Iran for Leaving “Persian Gulf” off Maps

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May 18 2012 3:18 PM

Google May Be Sued by Iran for Leaving “Persian Gulf” off Maps

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Iran is threatening to sue Google for not putting "Persian Gulf" on its Maps application.

Photo by ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images

Iran is ready to go nuclear on Google over a Maps omission ... in court at least. 

In an attempt to keep the peace that drew an ironic result, the tech giant left blank the body of water alternately known as the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Gulf, or the Islamic Gulf, saying "the change was an effort to be neutral in the naming dispute." Now Iran, formerly Persia, is threatening a lawsuit unless Google amends its maps to officially mark the body of water as the Persian Gulf. 

An Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman told the Associated Press, "Google had better fix things or the company will be hit with 'serious damages.’"

Tread lightly, Iran. Remember, Google can erase you from the map, literally. 

Video produced by Jim Festante.

Ben Johnson is the producer of Marketplace Tech from American Public Media.