The ‘Bach’ city official page was removed as a ‘violation’ of the Facebook Terms
The official removal of the official Facebook page of Bach, a small town in France, has drawn strong criticism.
The social network’s algorithm considered the city in northeastern France an insulting English word.
Butch’s mayor says Facebook removed the official page of his 5,000-strong city on March 19 for “violating the terms.”
Facebook said it restored the page on Tuesday after the error was caught.
“On March 19, Facebook told us that Villa de Beach was no longer available online because of a breach of the terms that apply to Facebook pages,” said Benoit Kefer, the city’s mayor.
“It simply came to our notice then.
Butch’s mayor has invited Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to come and see his city.
After the page was removed, the authorities there had to create a new page called ‘My 57230’. The name was in reference to the city’s postcode.
Mayor Kaif criticized the way Facebook monitors content.
“What has happened to the city of Bach proves that the modus operandi is inadequate and limited and that only the human eye can appreciate it,” he said.
The mayor said that in France, Facebook contacted him on Tuesday and said that the page had been re-online and he had apologized for the inconvenience.
Mayor Kefer invited Marc Zuckerberg, a Facebook official and chief executive of Facebook, to come to France to “see” our beautiful fortified city.
A Facebook spokesman said Tuesday that the page had been removed by mistake and was quickly restored when we found out about the problem.
On Monday, another town in the area, Rohrbash-Le-Bach, renamed its page Vale de Rohrbash.