Google Maps changes the borders depending on the country in which we are consulting the application. This is something that is done to be as neutral as possible, but which always brings consequences at a political level, sometimes with – almost – disastrous results.
Google is a company with a size, and a power, unimaginable to many. Therefore, it is normal to worry about respecting the legislation of each country in the strictest possible way. And if that implies moving site boundaries, they move. And, the borders in Google Maps look different depending on the country where we are looking at the maps.
There are controversies “tolerable” in a company like Google, but when there are ethical issues, employees have shown that they are not willing to go through the hoop. It’s something that happened a few months ago with the browser censored from Google for China, but also when some employees learned about Google’s involvement in the development of weapons.
Therefore, Google Maps tries to be as neutral as possible, and it is something that, although also with some controversies, leads them to change the borders of countries and territories depending on the country in which we are. These polemics go from territories in war to others like the Island Perejil.
For example, in 2010 Google began to want to be more respectful with the territories, awarding the islet Perejil first to Morocco and, later, to Spain. To heal in health, the company, now, shows the insular territory with the Arabic and Spanish names, depending on where we are.
This is something as neutral as possible that does not “hurt” anyone, but … what about territories in war or with Tibet itself? There’s the problem, and in Google Maps the ownership of a disputed territory changes depending on the country where we are (something that, of course, is based on the IP address).
Next, we tell you which are the borders that Google Maps draws differently depending on the country in which we are:
- Amrunachal Pradesh – With China and India involved.
- Bhutan – India and China in conflict
- Crimea – Dispute between Russia and Ukraine
- Northern Cyprus – Depending on whether we look from Turkey or from the rest of the world.
- Calero – Nicaragua and Costa Rica, in a conflict that mobilized armed troops.
- Nepal – Once again, India and China in conflict.
- Kashmir – Pakistan, China and India in conflict, each controlling various parts of the territory and whose borders change depending on our IP.
Google has changed the borders of these territories several times over the years in movements that bring political consequences and that, although the intention is to be politically correct, always ends in scandal, as it is a matter of the most delicate.