Facebook, Twitter banned on French TV and radio

By on Jun 5, 2011 in Europe, Lifestyle Comments

The words Facebook and Twitter are now banned on French TV and radio, unless it is part of the news to be reported.

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As reported at Lexpress, a French news site, France now bans TV and radio personalities from mentioning Facebook and Twitter on air, unless the context is about them.

Apparently, a decree was issued by CSA, France’ broadcasting authority on May 27, 2011, the words Facebook and Twitter should be referred only as social network sites in general.

“It would be a distortion of competition to give preference to Facebook, which is worth billions of dollars, when there are many other social networks that are struggling for recognition.” CSA spokeswoman Christine Kelly was quoted as saying.

“This would be a distortion of competition. If we allow Facebook and Twitter to be cited on air, it’s opening a Pandora’s Box — other social networks will complain to us saying, ‘why not us?’” Kelly added.

On the other hand, French blogger Benoit Raphael suggested that Facebook and Twitter are now “public spaces” of communication with a global reach.

“It therefore makes sense for TV and radio shows to promote their own Facebook pages and Twitter feeds to connect and dialogue with their audiences.” Raphael was quoted as saying.

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