Unfortunately it is not a "bug".
When we Iranian people enter the Google map page it automatically recognizes our IP. Do you know what will happen next?
The page immediately hides the "Report a problem" link!
Can you call this impartiality? (I tried a VPN which changes your IP and the link appeared!)
The is an international term.
It is recognized by United Nations: http://www.un.org/Depts/Cartographic/english/htmain.htm
It is recognized by National Geographic: http://blogs.ngm.com/blog_central/2009/06/style-matters-persian-gulf-vs-arabian-gulf.html
It is recognized by IHO (International Hydrographic Organization): http://www.iho-ohi.net/iho_pubs/standard/S-23/S23_1953.pdf
There is already a gulf which is called "Arabian Gulf": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Sea
Can you understand why we feel so irritated?
Can you tolerate it if the same action is done to your country?
Look at the report from BBC:
"A Google representative told the BBC it did not name every place in the world. He said the company also did not want to take any political stance in response to the angry Iranian reaction. He was unable to provide an example of a similar case of a missing landmark. " "Google Map's missing Gulf angers Iranians By Sebastian Usher BBC News "
Please pay attention: "He was unable to provide an example of a similar case of a missing landmark. "
Google is insulting us because its action is not based on reasonable justifications.
It is a geographical and national issue not a political one. However, Google is going to ruin its reputation by committing such an unfair mistake.