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Facebook seems to have enabled its profanity filter feature for the use of the word Scunthorpe, frustrating many who want to use the term for genuine reasons. It is currently banning all posts with that word because it contains within it a word describing a woman's genitals.

Facebook's action came to light when the band October Drift was trying to promote its Scunthorpe show. "As a band we like to promote our shows via Facebook. But Facebook has none of it when trying to boost the posts," October Drift's Dan Young told The Independent.

The social networking site apparently allows users to submit posts about Scunthorpe only after users issued appeals. The band said they add a note on every post, asking that the profanity filter be removed.

"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," said Young.

This is not the first time such an incident has occurred on Facebook over the use of the word Scunthorpe. A similar issue was highlighted earlier in 2016 by an advertiser from Scunthorpe who was trying to promote the town.

"My ad not approved because of the word Scunthorpe. Seriously, Facebook, are your algorithms written by 5-year-olds?" questioned a user named Jon Jarman, "I don't need to see what is and isn't approved ? there's nothing wrong with the advert, it's just the fact that word Scunthorpe is in it. As soon as I type the word 'Scunthorpe' I get an immediate warning that my ad contains inappropriate language."


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