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Google Maps in Midst of Years-old Land Dispute Between Spain and Morocco

Google’s correcting how it displays a small island in the Strait of Gibraltar, according to Associated Press, Google said its mapping service goofed twice by attributing a disputed islet off North Africa first to Morocco, and then to Spain.

Google Maps Involved In Spanish, Moroccan Island Dispute

Google’s geopolitical team at its headquarters in Mountain View, California, consulted with international bodies including the UN, and recently decided to declare the islet a disputed territory that belongs to neither Spain nor Morocco, she said. Engineers have been working to make the correction, she said.

But since Monday, Google Maps has been attributing the islet to Spain, or to neither country, depending on the wording that’s typed into the search engine.

Toro said she couldn’t pinpoint the cause.

“It’s our mistake and we’re working to resolve it,” she said.

We understand that La Isla Perejil/Laila is a disputed island. We always keep a close eye on disputed matters and make every effort to update our maps accordingly when things change.


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