December 5, 2011 by staff
Effin Facebook, DESPITE THE HOOHAH surrounding it, Facebook has no problem with an Irish town called Effin. A woman born in Effin, Ireland has been up in arms about the fact that the town name is a no no on Facebook because, apparently, it sounds a bit like saying ‘effing’, which is slang for ‘f**king’.
According to the Daily Mail, the social network Facebook would not let Ann Marie Kennedy list Effin, which is in Ireland’s County Limerick, as her hometown on her profile page, as it was deemed obscene.
Kennedy contacted Facebook about this and got no reply. In response she turned the web site on itself and tried to set up a group called, “Please get my hometown Effin recognised”. This was also rejected by Facebook, through an error message, on the grounds that it was “offensive”.
Ms Kennedy is very vocal about how angry she is about this, and made that pretty clear in her telling of the story to the Daily Mail.
“It will recognise Limerick, but I’m from Effin. I’m a proud Effin woman. It will recognise Limerick but I’m not from Limerick city, I’m from Effin,” she said, “I’m a proud Effin woman. And I always will be an Effin woman.”
We asked Facebook about this and it explained that it had banned the use of the word that is the town’s name, but had just been unaware of the town’s existence.
“From time to time we are alerted to oversights such as this in our mapping system,” said the spokesperson. “We will look to correct it to ensure places like Effin can be ‘liked’ on Facebook.”
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