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1/7/2016
Facebook confirms: Ketchikan located in state of Alaska

By NICK BOWMAN

Daily News Staff Writer

Ketchikan is back in Alaska.

Beginning last year, Ketchikan residents using Facebook have seen their posts tagged under “Ketchikan, WA.” The town’s entry on the social media website even noted it was in Washington state.

A group of 400 local site users tried to get the location tag changed, and columnist Dave Kiffer pilloried Facebook for the error in his Sitnews column.

James Lewis, a local mechanic and photographer, created the group dedicated to sending emails and corrections about the location to Facebook. He said he never heard back from the company.

“The thing was, it affected a lot of businesses here in town,” Lewis said. “Even the airport was listed as Ketchikan, Washington.”

“This day and age, it just seems ridiculous that we could be known as Ketchikan, Washington,” Lewis continued.

A similar problem occurred on Wikipedia.

On Wednesday, a Facebook spokeswoman emailed the Daily News saying the issue was fixed.

“Our team just looked into this and confirmed that there was an internal system issue that was causing the mis-labeling of posts tagged with Ketchikan to be marked with a Washington State tag,” wrote spokeswoman Lauren Svensson. “They’ve gone ahead and fixed the issue, and Ketchikan should now show up with the proper Alaska state tag.”

Svensson said the problem has existed since April 2015, but said she didn’t have more details on the cause.

The town’s entry on Facebook was back where it belonged on Wednesday: in Alaska.

Kiffer said the error was more humorous than it was annoying.

“I thought it was funny. I mean really, it was just one of those things you look at and say, 'Ah, jeez. What's up with Zuckerberg now? Why's he doing this to us?'” Kiffer said.

Kiffer also noted that instead of “Ketchikan, WA,” individual posts now show up as in Ketchikan, but without a state tag.

“Now we are Ketchikan, Nowhere,” he said. “... Maybe they finally agreed with us after all these years.”