Irish Gaelic Disliked By Facebook
Recent studies show that Irish people are the biggest Facebook users among English-speaking users.
No surprise there, I say–the Irish are highly social, friendly people. In fact, that’s a trait shared by many people from the Celtic nations and those who have ancestry from a Celtic nation. For us Celts, there’s no such thing as a short story.
Even so, Facebook isn’t feeling the love from all their Irish users.
It seems that Facebook doesn’t like Irish GAELIC names, only the anglicized versions of those names. Scottish Gaelic names appear to be similarly treated by Facebook. A recent court ruling, however, ensures Germans can use any name (real or fictional, German or not) they want on the social media behemoth’s pages.
What?! Has Facebook never heard of Éirí Amach na Cásca–oh, excuse me, “the Easter Rising” of 1916? Irish men and women fought and died in part for the right to speak and be recognized IN THEIR NATIVE IRISH GAELIC LANGUAGE.
You should know this Facebook, because your European headquarters are in…wait for it…IRELAND.
Gaeilge (Irish Gaelic) is the FIRST official language of the Republic of Ireland and the national language of Ireland. In Northern Ireland–a completely different country, BTW, Facebook–English is the first language, but Irish Gaelic is frequently spoken and considered culturally significant.
I’ve been to Ireland many times and can say without hesitation that Irish Gaelic(Gaeilge) is spoken by many people in Ireland.
Why this so called “true identity” campaign by Facebook? They claim the policy “protects people’s privacy and safety by ensuring people know who they’re sharing and connecting with.”
How noble of Facebook, looking out for our best interests.
More cynical people, including me, see a different reason for this Facebook policy:
What the policy also does, of course, is give Facebook a far more reliable mine of information that can be sold to advertisers. While the company promises not to sell individual personal data, the policy cuts out much of the dross that would derive from multiple, disposable accounts.
Petitions and negative press sometimes encourage FB to change their decisions.
I wouldn’t hold my Irish Gaelic breath on this one, though.