Facebook bans any mention of Norfolk waterway Cockshoot Dyke

Facebook bans any mention of Norfolk waterway Cockshoot Dyke because its name is deemed too rude

  • Stretch of water was banned by Facebook when someone tried to post about it  
  • Facebook immediately removed post because of words ‘cock, shoot and dyke’
  • Company claimed they took it down because of ‘violence and sexual content’ 
  • People who own shops in the area have been banned from posting pictures

Facebook has banned any mention of a Norfolk waterway because its name is deemed too rude.   

The stretch of water is called Cockshoot Dyke and is a popular tourist spot on the Norfolk Broads. 

A dyke is a stretch of water that normally runs along or parallel to a body of water such as a river. 

The stretch of water is called Cockshoot Dyke and is a popular tourist spot on the Norfolk Broads

The administrator of the Love the Norfolk Broads Facebook page, Steve Burgess, 61, said the issue first came up when a member wrote on the group that she was moored along a stretch of the dyke. 

And Facebook immediately removed her post because of the words ‘cock, shoot and dyke’.

The company claimed the reason it was removed was because of ‘violence and sexual content. 

Mr Burgess told the Sun: ‘They have put two and two together and got 58. You’ve got to laugh. The irony is that you see so much that is really obscene or violent or sexual but nothing is done.’

The administrator of the Love the Norfolk Broads Facebook page, Steve Burgess, 61, said the issue first came up when a member wrote on the group that she was moored along a stretch of the dyke

And even businessmen who run shops in the area have been banned from posting pictures for days in the past. 

Mr Burgess added: ‘It is a bit Big Brotherish but it does make sense.’  

Other places which have been removed from Facebook because of their names include Plymouth Hoe and Devil’s Dyke in Sussex. 

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