A French town by the title of Bitche had its Facebook web page taken down due to its similarity to the sexist slur, native officers mentioned.
The small town close to the border of Germany had been begging the social media large for nearly a month to uncensor its web page — which the corporate refused to do till Tuesday, officers mentioned.
“Facebook had censored our Bitche Metropolis web page. We appealed and tried to contact Facebook by means of varied means, together with by means of contact varieties and personal messages on Facebook France’s web page,” a Tuesday put up on the Ville de Bitche Facebook web page reads.
“The President Basic Supervisor of Facebook France has personally contacted the Mayor to tell him that the Metropolis of Bitche web page has been printed once more and to apologize for any inconvenience which will have been prompted.”
Town officers mentioned the web page was taken down as a result of it violated Facebook’s phrases of service, regardless that Bitche has no English translation and the French phrase for the insult is totally totally different from the English time period.
Valérie Degouy, a spokesperson for Bitche, mentioned they left “about 10 messages on daily basis” on the Facebook France web page — and once they lastly heard again, they had been instructed they’d have to attend for an official response from Facebook, the Solar reported.
The web page, which options essential details about COVID-19 screenings, mask-wearing and college enrollments, was again up as of Tuesday morning.
Officers mentioned they had been pressured within the interim to create a brand new web page dubbed “Mairie 57230,” a reference to the town’s zip code.
“The Metropolis’s official web page has been eliminated by Facebook. We made an attraction, however for now it’s nonetheless invisible. The attraction course of can take a number of months, that’s why we created this web page to proceed speaking with you on social networks,” a Monday put up learn, urging followers to unfold the phrase concerning the new web page.
Degouy mentioned even creating the Facebook web page in 2016 was troublesome.
“I already had issues after I created the town’s Facebook web page. I couldn’t enter the phrase Bitche, it was unattainable,” the spokesperson mentioned, in accordance with the Solar.
“I needed to create a web page that I had known as Ville fortifiée, and alter it afterwards, within the description, to say that it was the official web page of the town of Bitche and level out on the similar time, the consumer title was Ville de Bitche. At the moment in 2016, it was allowed.”
Bitche’s censure calls into query how different French cities with related — or arguably worse — names might be handled ought to they attempt to create Facebook pages.
Such cities embrace Condom, Orgy, Arse Stream, Arse Waterfall, the village of Anus and a town close to the Italian border named Pussy.
Facebook didn’t instantly return a request for remark.