A woman has allegedly been kicked out of a weight-loss group on Facebook for posting on there in Welsh.
North Wales Daily Post reported “Elan Dafydd, from Aberystwyth, commented in Welsh on a post left in English by her friend on the group which asked for advice.
The pair were then confronted by an admin member asking for them to “keep to English”.
Elan, 28, who joined the group around a year ago, said she was shocked at the response as the pair have known each other since childhood and have always spoken Welsh with one another.
She argued that she should be allowed to comment to her friend in Welsh and would be happy to provide a translation for anyone wanting to be involved in the conversation.
But another member of the admin team insisted that “no one should have to ask for a translation” and suggested that if they want to speak in Welsh they should do so in a private message.
Elan, who now lives in Birmingham having moved from Caernarfon last year, said: “My friend and I have never spoken in English to each other, always Welsh.
“I commented on the post asking if she had been to one of my favourite restaurants back home, and I find the admin’s attitude offensive.
“My opinion is that it’s an open platform for all to use.
“I happened to see my friend post on the page and responded directly to her in Welsh which comes naturally to me.
“I understand that in such a group others may want to know what’s being said and I’d be happy to translate if she would have asked me, but she specifically asked me to converse in English so that others can understand immediately.
“That’s what annoyed me mainly, that I’m expected to converse firstly and solely in English for the benefit of others.
“I now live and work in the West Midlands so automatically speak English on a daily basis due to my surroundings.
“If I have the opportunity to speak my own mother tongue on Facebook with my childhood friend, I will do so.
“I follow many groups and posts on Facebook where people speak other languages from Urdu to French and Spanish.
“Never have I ever expected that people converse in English for my benefit.
“Sometimes I’ll Google translate it myself or I’ll ask someone for a translation, I’ve never put pressure on others to change their language for my benefit.
“I understand you wouldn’t leave an initial post in a different language on a UK page but I was commenting to my friend on the thread.”
Elan, an Engagement Officer for a West Midlands local authority, claims that she has since been removed and blocked from accessing the Facebook page.
At the time of the disagreement the admin member stated that asking members to converse solely in English “shouldn’t have to be in the rules” but a rule has since appeared on the group which states: “This is a UK site. Posts must be in English (other British languages are allowed if disclosed).”
Elan insists that this rule was not there when she joined the group.
A group admin has been contacted for a comment” here.