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Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. are all banned

If you're going to be a reporter at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, don't even think about using your smartphone to post photos on social networks. 

According to a new report from The Atlantic Wire, reporters at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games this February are banned from using their smartphones to post photos to Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Vine or Facebook.

The consequence for breaking this rule is steep: loss of media access.

Yes, reporters who post photos on social apps in real time will lose accreditation for the event. Vasily Konov, the state-run RIA's top sports journalist, made this very clear. 

Only photographers with special passes and proper equipment, like D-SLR and digital video cameras, will be able to cover the Olympic events. 

While the most recent 2012 Summer Olympics in London had similar rules, many find it odd that Russia is implementing such a harsh consequence. 

Source: The Atlantic Wire

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no competition
By superstition on 11/11/2013 4:31:57 PM , Rating: 1
Maybe they're going to market their own special calendar of Russian police and such beating up gay people and arresting athletes for wearing rainbow suspenders?

RE: no competition
By ebakke on 11/11/2013 5:55:50 PM , Rating: 3
4 posts before someone brought Russia's stance on homosexuality into an entirely unrelated article. Frankly, I'm surprised we made it to #4.

RE: no competition
By superstition on 11/11/13, Rating: 0
RE: no competition
By superstition on 11/11/2013 6:26:30 PM , Rating: 5
Russian lawmaker: We will arrest gay athletes, tourists at Olympic Games

Vitaly Milonov, co-sponsor of the ‘non-traditional relationships’ bill, said the government cannot decide when to selectively enforce the law.

It comes as the International Olympic Committee said the Russian government had ‘assured’ them all athletes and spectators will be safe from arrest.

Speaking to Interfax and as translated by GSN, Milonov said: ‘I have not heard any comments from the government of the Russian Federation but I know it is acting in accordance with Russian law.

‘If a law has been approved by the federal legislature and signed by the president, then the government has no right to suspend it. It doesn’t have the authority.’

Putin has claimed that gay athletes and others will be welcome at the games, but Russian law and the behavior of police and others says otherwise.

RE: no competition
By ebakke on 11/12/2013 11:31:12 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah. So how again is that related to reporters being forbidden from sharing their photos on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Vine or Facebook? They're entirely separate issues.

RE: no competition
By superstition on 11/13/2013 12:33:08 AM , Rating: 1
I can't make you think.

RE: no competition
By ebakke on 11/14/2013 1:29:16 PM , Rating: 2
You could share your "wisdom" instead of plugging your ears and shouting "I know you are but what am I?"

I honestly want an answer. How do you believe these two topics are equivalent, similar, related? Anything other than "well, they both take place at the Olympics being hosted in Russia".

Public posting?
By sparkuss on 11/11/2013 4:18:23 PM , Rating: 2
Unless they shutdown access to all those services at Sochi, what do they expect to do when the public starts posting?

Did they ban public phones and cameras in London? Did they block internet access in London?

Is this a broadcast/copyright issue like US TV sports? or something else?

RE: Public posting?
By Totally on 11/11/2013 6:02:19 PM , Rating: 3
Yes, yes, and yes. They even had officials patrolling with wifi sniffers in prohibited areas to boot unauthorized users.

RE: Public posting?
By Murloc on 11/12/2013 6:38:35 PM , Rating: 2
only journalists are banned from doing that.

The IOC changed its policy
By The Von Matrices on 11/11/2013 4:10:41 PM , Rating: 2
I can see how this might be associated with a Russian media crackdown, but in reality they are just enforcing the rule stated for the 2012 Olympics. You can't complain about increased enforcement of an existing rule.

However, the IOC just stated that it changed it policy and will be allowing accredited journalists to post images to social media (it's still unclear as to their policy regarding the public, but I doubt they could actually track down the individuals posting and remove them. free-to-instagram-at-sochi-olympics/

RE: The IOC changed its policy
By FaaR on 11/11/2013 6:21:23 PM , Rating: 2
Don't worry, Russian Schutzstaffel/police are already hard at work repressing and harassing foreign journalists in preparation of next year's olympic games:

Expect reports of a lot more of this before, during and after the games. Putin does not allow any dissent.

By stm1185 on 11/11/2013 3:57:01 PM , Rating: 3
No half assed Iphone shots, you bring out the real camera!

I have a better idea
By mcnabney on 11/11/2013 10:40:02 PM , Rating: 2
How about banning the use of devices by the athletes when they have the parade of nations at the opening ceremony? I surely am not the only one that was a little annoyed watching all the athletes jack-around with their smartphones and taking selfies. This is supposed to be a little more serious than high school Homecoming.

Who'd have thought...
By lagomorpha on 11/18/2013 2:27:22 PM , Rating: 2
While the most recent 2012 Summer Olympics in London had similar rules, many find it odd that Russia is implementing such a harsh consequence.

Who'd have thought that Russia would stoop to being as oppressive a police state as England?

In Soviet Russia
By inperfectdarkness on 11/11/2013 5:57:05 PM , Rating: 1
Joke inserts you!

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