It’s the kind of moment you’d think would never happen in Ireland, let alone in a family-friendly social networking site.
But it did.
The social network portal socialnet.ie recently made a discovery about the true state of affairs when it found a family of seven in a photo shared by its users.
The photo, which was uploaded on February 3, shows the family from New York and their son, who is from Michigan.
The caption says that the family are from the small village of Lourdes in northern France and live in a house with a large garden.
But what has caused the controversy is the fact that the photo appears to show a female family member.
However, in a series of tweets and messages, socialnet users have pointed out that the woman in the photo is the daughter of one of the men featured in the post.
“I don’t think it’s fair to label them all women.
They’re just normal Irish people,” one user tweeted.
The man, who identified himself as Richard, also said he didn’t think the photo was a family photo.
“They’re not Irish.
Not in my eyes.
I think it was done by someone in the community,” he said.
Socialnet, which has close links with Ireland’s government, has now apologised for the photo.
The social networking service is owned by US-based company Yahoo, and is part of the global social network.
“We regret the error,” a spokesperson told The Irish Sun.
“We are now looking into this situation and will make a full statement when we are able to.”
Socialnet’s vice president of marketing, Chris Cogan, said the company had launched an investigation.
“The family is family, and we want them to be proud of their family.
We are committed to helping families who may be struggling to share the joy of family life in Ireland,” he told The Independent.”
There’s a huge amount of work to do to make it easier for families to share photos online, and in the process we hope to reduce the amount of misinformation in the Irish media.”