Facebook censors this British town’s name as ‘offensive’

Scunthorpe, England has a population of about 73,000 and is home to fine dining establishments like San Pietro Restaurant. Visitors can stop in the city for a drink at the Abacus Scunthorpe. And next month, Baths Hall will host a comic book convention. Oh, and if you didn’t notice, the pleasant locale has the word “cunt” smack in the middle of its name. 

While it’s easy to miss the swear (or just deal), Facebook isn’t feeling all that gucci with it. According to the Independent, the social network has banned promoted posts—where the user pays to increase the visibility of their content—with the word “Scunthorpe” in them. While that may not be a problem for anyone just sharing where they’re from or stories about visiting the city, businesses and other organizations trying to publicize upcoming events in Scunthorpe have fallen victim to the filter.

The band October Drift attempted to push out a sponsored post about their show in Scunthorpe, for example, only to be blocked from boosting the announcement into other people’s Facebook feeds. The band told the Independent that they’re able to get the posts through on appeal, but it’s an arduous process that prevents them from getting the word out quickly. 

Other Facebook users have faced the same problem, bringing their strife to the Facebook Help Community. And they all seem pretty confused.


It’s unclear if Facebook will eventually alter their filters to let Scunthorpe roam free in sponsored posts. 

And we thought Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch had it bad. 

H/T The Independent

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