It takes an Effin village to get through to Facebook
Irish woman wants social media site to cut her unfortunately named village some slack.
It's kind of ironic that Facebook has its European headquarters in Dublin, because in a fit of online good taste, the networking site has wiped an entire Irish village off the Internet map.
So reports The Guardian in a story about the village of Effin, in County Limerick. (Yes, there once was a village named Effin...)
The paper says that Facebook censors have deemed the name of the town offensive, and blocked it from the site, meaning natives can't list it as their hometown.
One of them, Anne Marie Kennedy, is fighting back after trying to name Effin as her home. She tried to set up a Facebook page called "Please get my hometown Effin recognised". No dice either.
Kennedy, who says "I'm a proud Effin woman. And I always will be an Effin woman", appears to be making headway.
Facebook officials have promised to look into the matter and make it possible for people to like Effin any day now.
Meantime, we fear for the good folks in Dildo, Nfld. And Middlesex in the U.K...
You can find the Guardian story here.