Friday 22 November 2019

Renua Ireland parody Facebook account forced to change name

Lucinda Creighton Credit: Barbara Lindberg
Lucinda Creighton Credit: Barbara Lindberg

David Kearns

Having failed to register their name on Facebook, it looks like Renua Ireland will have the last laugh as the “Renua Ireland” parody account says they have been forced to change their name.

Online pranksters snapped up the 'Renua Ireland' community page moments after the party was officially launched last Friday by Luncinda Creighton and Eddie Hobbs and immediately began poking fun at the party and its policies.

But now the viral hit, which has 9,000 or so more Facebook likes than its more serious counterpart, has posted that it is to “reboot and change [its] name”.

In a post, it suggests that a complaint may have been filed with Facebook administrators as it hints that “lawyerbots” were involved with the decision.

“It has absolutely nothing to do with poor PR skills, complaining to Facebook about a vastly more popular page that was set up first with a similar name. Oh, no...,” says the post.

“We expect our page name and URL will change in the not too distant future. Thank you for your continued support and please help spread the word.”

Already boasting more Facebook likes than other political party including Fine Gael, which only has 9,357 despite being the country's largest political party, the page has been a big hit with Facebook users.

The 'real' Renua Ireland could not be reached for comment and it is not known if they are responsible for the parody page's removal.

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