Reprieve for Good Bitches after social media stall

The Good Bitches Baking founders Marie Fitzpatrick (left) and Nicole Murray. Photo: RNZ
The Good Bitches Baking founders Marie Fitzpatrick (left) and Nicole Murray. Photo: RNZ
The charity Good Bitches Baking was barred from boosting posts on Facebook and Twitter because of its name.

Good Bitches relies on volunteers to make cakes, biscuits and slices which are then delivered to people in need.

The group said it was told it was breaching community guidelines as its name contains a profanity.

It said it relies on support from the community, and needs to promote its annual appeal.

Not being able to do so was frustrating, it said.

The charity has 20 chapters and over 2000 volunteers.

Since it began five years ago, Good Bitches Baking says its members have baked treats for 650,000 people who are going through trauma or difficulty.

The brainchild of Nicole Murray and Marie Fitzpatrick, Good Bitches was set up after both experienced hard times.

Previously, Ms Fitzpatrick told RNZ a "good bitch" is considered high praise.

"It's somebody who gets in there and gets stuff done," Ms Fitzpatrick said.

"In NZ, good bitch is a compliment. It's how we roll. Cultural context is important. You allow far worse on your channels, from people and organisations who are doing harm," an admin wrote on Twitter.

The charity said Facebook and Twitter were preventing it from helping others.

"We are just trying to make our country the kindest place it can be. What's your problem?" the admin wrote.

Ms Fitzpatrick told Morning Report the name was something the charity was never going to back down from.

"This morning we woke up to the news that they had boosted our posts although they hadn't responded to our requests to speak to them."

She said although it was nice to have the reprieve, it was more than two thirds of the way through the charity's appeal week and they'd raised less than a third of their goal.

"They (Facebook and Twitter) need to understand that they're not just operating in an American context and [the words good bitch are] entirely appropriate here in New Zealand, we even recently received Queen's Birthday awards because of the work we've done with Good Bitches Baking."

Ms Fitzpatrick said the charity was going to push ahead and continue to raise money.

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