Poor Scunthorpe. As if its ugly-sounding name and lousy football club weren’t enough for its inhabitants to put up with, they also face a seemingly never-ending battle against web companies. It’s emerged that Facebook has been banning users from promoting posts about the North Lincolnshire town, due to a rather offensive string of four letters.
Numerous local businesses and bands trying to pay to boost ads and promotional material about Scunthorpe are being crippled by the social network’s overzealous filters, which have been described as “so 90s”. They’ve reportedly also filed multiple appeals with Facebook, which has responded by greenlighting individual posts, but not actually fixing its system.
“As a band we like to promote our shows via Facebook,” said Dan Young from the band October Drift. “But Facebook has none of it when trying to boost the posts. We always put a note in saying that it's the profanity filter that's failing for the town name but Facebook still doesn't make the amendment. Surprising given they're supposed to be at the forefront of modern tech.” Burrrrn.
This is, of course, not a brand new issue. There’s an entire Wikipedia page dedicated to the ‘Scunthorpe problem’ -- it’s quite an entertaining read, which also features mushrooms and God. [Independent]