In Social Media Journalism today we talked about a few instances of restrictions on tweets during events. From football games to court cases, there are many rules and regulations coming from governing bodies and organizations on the use of social media. Most claim privacy issues (think courtrooms and closed meetings) while others, such as sports venues, are claiming broadcast rights for the restriction of social media use.
This led to three debates in class today:
- What is the definition of a journalist (in the case of the Canadian courts only allowing journalists to "live tweet" in court)?
- Is tweeting, or any other form of online written updates, considered broadcasting (think of the rights purchased by networks such as ESPN to broadcast a game)?
- What is the breaking point for restrictions on your First Amendment? Will this cause you to not attend a sporting event or vote differently on a policy?
Stories we referenced in class include:
- University of Washington's new Twitter policy on sports coverage
- Canada's laws on the use of Twitter in courtrooms
- The Southeastern Conferences new fan and media policy
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