Facebook tells Ann Marie to ‘Effin off’

AN Effin woman has been forced to start an online campaign to get Facebook to accept the name of her native place after the social networking giant branded her homeplace’s name as ‘offensive.’

Ann Marie Kennedy, who works in the University of Limerick, says that she, along with several more friends, have been attempting to insert the word ‘Effin’ into the homeplace section of their Facebook sites for several months, but to no avail.

She even tried to start a Facebook page entitled, Please get my hometown Effin recognised, but it was blocked by the social networking site as well.

“It came back with an error message saying ‘offensive’,” Ms Kennedy explained.

“I would like to be able to put Effin down on my own profile page and so would many other Effin people around the world to proudly say that they are from Effin, Co Limerick, but it won’t recognise that.

“It keeps coming up as Effingham, Illinois, Effingham, New Hampshire, and it gives suggestions of other places, but it won’t recognise Effin. It will recognise Limerick, but I’m not from Limerick city, I’m from Effin. I’m a proud Effin woman. And I always will be an Effin woman.”

According to Ann Marie, her plight has been a long one.

“It’s just a pet peeve. It’s not fair really. It will let you put it in but when you go to save it — nothing. It’s like as if it’s blocked.

“I’ve tried contacting Facebook but it’s very hard to contact them. You can’t pick up the phone. There is a forum on Facebook about home towns as other people are having problems as well,” she explained.

Ann Marie, who lives in Banogue but was born and bred in Effin, can trace her ancestors in the area back as far as 1857. She took her campaign to the airwaves on the Ray D’Arcy Show on Today FM this week in her quest to get Effin recognised.

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