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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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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.


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