Group threatened with Facebook ban for discussing local delicacy – faggots

A local history group have been threatened with a Facebook ban for writing about their local delicacy – faggots.

The 14,000 members of the Black Country-based community page were warned they could be kicked off the social media site.

At least one local was suspended from Facebook in recent weeks for discussing their love of faggots and peas.

The American tech giant said the term was “offensive” and “homophobic” and against site rules.

Faggots and peas is a traditional dish in the West Midlands and Wales and became popular during World War II rationing.

But residents were told they were breaching community standards by discussing the local delicacy.

Admin Linda Beech warned members the site could be shut down if they continue to use the word “faggot”.

Furious locals accused Facebook of “political correctness gone mad” and vowed they would never be silenced.

Linda, who runs Pensnett, Brierley Hill and Black Country Now and Then page, told followers: “We are in danger of losing the group.”

She wrote: “Please be careful and think before you comment on the subject, as a few of you are still putting us at risk.

“Facebook searched back to May last year and showed me the content, of which was perfectly acceptable to us Blackcountry Folks.

“One more strike and the group would have been evaporated.”

Community campaigner Adam Davies says he has written to Facebook to call for intervention to help save the group.

He said: “It simply can’t be right that the existence of this brilliant group and the heritage of our area should be under threat because a Facebook algorithm/system doesn’t understand the name of a food dish which has long been associated with our area.”

Local councillor John Martin said: “Black Country faggots are a local dish and have been for many years.

“Clearly it’s not a derogatory term as long as it’s used in the correct way. It is just a local dish and there is nothing offensive about that.

“Facebook needs to adjust their protocols to be able to reflect local cultures.”

Faggots are meatballs traditionally hand-made with offal by butchers and served with mashed potatoes and peas.