September 23, 2020

Name change for Libyan square on Google Maps

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google Inc.’s online mapping service has changed the name of a Libyan location to what it was called before rose to power four decades ago.

The change came late Sunday, just hours after rebel forces pushed into Tripoli with little resistance.

“Green Square” is now “Martyrs’ Square” on the online map for Tripoli, reflecting what rebels are now calling it.

The change was made quickly because Google now allows users to update its maps. A user did just that on Sunday night. Google approved it, making it visible to the public, shortly thereafter.

Although the square’s name has been re-labeled on the map, users can find it by searching either name.

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