According to The Independent, Facebook has banned users from boosting posts with the word Scunthorpe.
This left the band October Drift enraged when trying to promote their Scunthorpe show. John Jarman, an advertiser from Scunthorpe, also had a similar experience and shared his opinion on the topic:
“My ad not approved because of the word Scunthorpe. Seriously, Facebook, are your algorithms written by 5-year-olds? 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.”
This is not the first time this word has proven difficult to properly classify. In fact, Scunthorpe is rather infamous in the world of profanity filtering.