Wednesday, December 07, 2011

News Item

From Special Irish Fest Effin' Social Networking Correspondent Joe King

Proud Effin Woman Ann Marie Kennedy

Irish Town Blacklisted by Facebook For Being 'Offensive'

Daily Mail- Facebook has blacklisted the parish of Effin – for having an offensive name.

The social networking site would not let Ann Marie Kennedy list Effin in Ireland’s County Limerick as her ‘hometown’ on her profile page as it was deemed obscene.

Ms Kennedy contacted Facebook but received no reply, so tried to set up a group called ‘Please get my hometown Effin recognised’. That was also rejected. ‘It came back with an error message saying 'offensive,’ she said. ‘It will recognise Limerick, but I’m from Effin. I’m a proud Effin woman. And I always will be an Effin woman.'

Facebook allows the word ‘effin’ in many group and profile names, but refuses to recognise it as a location. Ms Kennedy, who now lives in Banogue, has now launched a campaign to have Facebook recognise the town and put it on the map.

A Facebook spokesman confirmed the company was looking into the oversight.

An outrage. It's because of things like this, among others that I refuse to join effin' Facebook. What next? A ban of Muff in Co. Donegal? Kilcock in Co. Kildare? Letterfinish in Kerry? Read more about other Irish towns in potential trouble:

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