Sunday, 9 May 2021

Town gets Facebook ban over risqué name with fears more X-rated towns may follow

A French town has had its official Facebook page removed after the name was deemed a breach of community guidelines.

Bitche, in the Moselle, Northern France is home to around 5,000 people but its official Facebook page fell foul to the social media site's algorithm rules.

The town’s page was removed in March has not been reinstated despite appeals to Facebook.

Instead, the local authority has created a new page called “Mairie 57230”, the postcode of the town on the country's border with Germany.

An explanatory post said: "The town’s official page has been removed by Facebook. We have appealed, but for the moment it is still invisible.

"The appeal process can take several months, so we have created this page to continue communicating with you on social networks."

The Local Melodie Radio station reported that other towns in the Bitche area were reviewing their social media names, so as to avoid deletion.

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‘Don’t ever call me Bitche again,’ the station posted on its own page.

Among the towns bearing "offensive" names, there is Condom, in southwest France, and Orgy, in the centre of the country.

Condom once tried to twin itself with a town in the UK, but was denied due to nobody in Britain wanting to be linked with it.

There is also an Arse Stream (Ruisseau de l’Arse) and an Arse Waterfall (Cascade d’Arse).

The village of Anus also exists in the Burgundy wine region of France, and there is also a town called Pussy that is located near the Italian border.

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