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Dokdo is not labeled on Apple Maps in 22 countries l KBS WORLD

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South Korea’s easternmost islets of Dokdo are unlabeled in Apple Maps in 22 countries.

Seo Kyoung-duk, a social activist and professor at Sungshin Women’s University, said Thursday that he asked his online followers living overseas to check if “Dokdo” was tagged in Apple Maps. He discovered that there were no labels on the maps of 22 countries, including the United States, France, Britain and Egypt.

Seo only found Dokdo labeling on Apple Maps in South Korea, while in Japan the islets were labeled “Takeshima,” the Japanese name for the East Sea islet group.

He conducted a similar survey in 2019 for Google Maps and found that Dokdo was labeled “Liancourt Rocks” in 26 countries and “Dokdo” only in South Korea.

Seo has been actively working to change the label of islets to “Dokdo” in Google Maps for the past three years, but there has been no indication of a pending fix.

Highlighting the seriousness of Dokdo not being tagged in Google or Apple maps, which are used by billions of people every day, Seo said he plans to gather new documents and send them to the two companies along with a request that they correct their cards.