A Petition for Google to „recognize“ Kosovo launched, Vjosa Osmani joins

Vjosa Osmani

A petition was launched online almost a month ago asking Google to „recognize“ Kosovo on its platforms. This initiative, started by ethnic Albanian users, received the support of the President of Kosovo, Vjosa Osmani.

“Happy to join dua.com’s initiative calling on Google to include Kosovo in all of its services,” Osmani tweeted.

The Kosovo President added that this is “a long overdue decision.”

“A small tweak for a giant leap in equality, accessibility and inclusivity,” she concluded.

The petition calling on Google to include Kosovo in its services was published on this very platform, i.e. to the dua.com account, which has almost 11,000 followers.

The account description says it’s an „ethnic“ dating app, with the message „meet people who make you feel at home.“

Until recently, mostly video clips in Albanian were published on this account.

The petition was launched on July 13th, via the Change.org site.

“Politics often creates distance between countries, but technology is supposed to bring them together. In the case of Kosovo, it is the opposite. Despite being recognized as a country by the USA since 2008, the US company Google still doesn’t recognize Kosovo in its platforms, such as Play Store, YouTube, Google Ads, etc.,” reads the petition description, with a call to users to support it.

“Let’s add Kosovo to all Google’s products now, as it has been an independent country for over 15 years.”

So far, more than 13,000 people have signed the petition.

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