Facebook apologises for banning users from mentioning spot Devil's Dyke

Facebook apologises for banning users from mentioning National Trust spot Devil's Dyke after branding it 'hate speech' Facebook group users given bans for using the name of the Sussex spot  Tech giant warned the term goes against 'community standards' on hate speech  Spokesman for the US social media firm apologised for their 'clear mistake'    

By Antony Thrower and Jaya Narain for MailOnline

Published: 18:43 GMT, 23 January 2021 | Updated: 18:43 GMT, 23 January 2021

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Facebook has apologised for issuing bans to people who mentioned the name of a Sussex spot, branding it ‘hate speech’.

Users on community group Brighton People had been referring to Devil’s Dyke, a well known tourist attraction which has attracted visitors since the Victorian times.

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But while they were innocently chatting about the spot, which has roads, pubs, restaurants and parks named after it, they say Facebook threatened them with bans if they continue to refer to it by its name, receiving messages suggesting they were using hate speech.

Facebook has tonight promised to look into the ‘clear’ error.

Beauty Spot Devil's Dyke, in Sussex, is visited by thousands of people every year but earned bans for several Facebook users

Spot Devil's Dyke, in Sussex, is visited by thousands of people every year but earned bans for several Facebook users 

One user said he was banned for 48 hours for posting a

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