What if your city name is too close to a foul English word? Well Facebook is removing your city page from its network! It is the mishap that happened to the town of Bitche in Moselle, whose name is very close to the English word bitch (“Bitch” or “bitch” in French). The algorithm of the social network cut in the quick and purely and simply unpublished Bitche’s page.
Valérie Degouy, the communications manager of this city of 5,000 inhabitants appealed, but Facebook remained deaf to her requests. She tried to contact the social network by all means … without success. The creation of the page had already caused problems in 2016 because the word Bitch was refused. At the time, Valérie Degouy was able to get around the problem by creating the page Fortified town, then entering City of Bitche in the description and username.
For lack of anything better, the town hall was forced to create a new page called Town Hall 57230, with the logo and a photo of the city on the cover.
Upon learning of the misfortunes of the city of Bitche, another municipality took the lead and changed the name of its Facebook page. This town is called … Rohrbach-lès-Bitche. Its mayor, Vincent Seitlinger, hopes that the misunderstanding with the social network will be quickly resolved so that the original name can be put back on the page.
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All these setbacks show the problem of current social networks, which primarily use robots to control publications. Faced with the massive flow of data to be processed, this approach is understandable, but it is unfortunate that humans are not available in case of error in judgment of the algorithm.
And for those who remember the cult sequence of the program Le Petit Rapporteur, note that the page of the town of Montcuq is present on Facebook. But for how long ?
Source : Radio Melody