Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Campaign over 'offensive' town name

Ann Marie Kennedy is proud to live in Effin - and now she has launched an online campaign to have Facebook recognise the town whose name was blacklisted for being too offensive.

Ann Marie said the social networking site would not allow her to list Effin in Co Limerick on her profile page because it deemed it obscene.

She contacted Facebook a number of times but received no reply, so she then tried to set up the group "Please get my hometown Effin recognised", but that was also rejected.

"It came back with an error message saying 'offensive'," said Ms Kennedy.

She went on: "It will recognise Limerick but I'm not from Limerick city, I'm from Effin.

"I'm a proud Effin woman. And I always will be an Effin woman."

Facebook allows the word "effin" in numerous other groups and profile names, including the community "Shut up! Stop the effin noise already! Shut up".

But as a location, it refuses to recognise it.

Ms Kennedy, who now lives in Banogue, has rallied together other Facebook users from Effin in a bid to put the town on the map.

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

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