Feb 19, 2021

Black Country: Facebook targeted 'faggots and peas' chat

Facebook has apologised for censuring a Black Country history group after members discussed traditional local dish, faggots and peas. The group's administrator said she had "Sleepless nights" after the word "Faggots" saw the account threatened with deletion. Members of the Pensnett, Brierley Hill and Black Country Now And Then History Group had been discussing minced pork liver and heart wrapped in bacon when they fell foul of the algorithm. The group was set up by Linda Beech and for years has shared stories and recipes from the area, with more than 13,000 members. Facebook said it was "Taking steps to rectify the error", although Ms Beech said the group's use of the word was still being flagged as a violation.

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