Kosovo, which officially declared its independence from Serbia in 2008, has now been officially recognized by 105 countries … and Facebook.
“Facebook recognises Kosovo as a state,” Minister for EU Integration Vlora Citaku wrote on Twitter.
And Prime Minister Hashim Thaci said in a statement that he “was informed (on Monday) by senior Facebook executives… about including Kosovo in the global social network”.
Until now Kosovans who wanted to create a Facebook account had to register as citizens of Serbia, as it was the only offered option when they put a Kosovo town down as their residence.
Radio Free Europe notes that this will affect some 200,000 Kosovan Facebook users.
“Recognition” by online platforms is an increasingly salient issue for countries with disputed sovereignty. Google earned a lot of attention, and an Israeli Foreign Ministry rebuke, for changing the tagline for the Palestinian edition from “Palestinian Territories” to “Palestine.”
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