French Media Ban The Mention Of Specific Social Networks On Air

e1bd3437e3In an attempt to reduce the amount of ‘free publicity’ given to social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, the French have banned any mention of specific sites in their TV and radio broadcasts. One of the reasons for this ban is to allow a fair platform for smaller networking companies in the future. BBC News reports:

French TV and radio presenters have been banned from mentioning social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter on air.

The country’s broadcasting watchdog has ruled that doing so would break guidelines on advertising.

Stations can still talk about services without naming them, it said.

The French government is seen by many internet watchers as overly keen to regulate in relation to new media and the web.

In a ruling, published online, the Conseil Superieur de l’Audiovisuel (CSA), said: “Referring viewers or listeners to the page of the social network without mentioning it has the character of information.

[Continues at BBC News]

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  • http://twitter.com/D351 D351

    That’s… um… retarded.

  • http://twitter.com/D351 D351

    That’s… um… retarded.

  • Guest

    I still love seeing the thinly veiled commercials on the news here in America!

  • Guest

    I still love seeing the thinly veiled commercials on the news here in America!

  • SF2K01

    If only they would take the step to ban all the obnoxious words the media uses to inflate the issue to sound more dramatic. Words like slam, surge, rebuff, decimate or iconic are practically used in every other headline and it’s really annoying to see it over and over again.

  • Anonymous

    If only they would take the step to ban all the obnoxious words the media uses to inflate the issue to sound more dramatic. Words like slam, surge, rebuff, decimate or iconic are practically used in every other headline and it’s really annoying to see it over and over again.

  • SCHMN

    isn’t this announcement an advertisement…if you think about it?

  • SCHMN

    isn’t this announcement an advertisement…if you think about it?

    • Guest

      This isn’t French media.  

  • Guest

    This isn’t French media.  

  • Jadore Facebook

    An Intelligent creative Grafitti Response to the Ban has surfaced on the
    web in the form of a video. Visit the link below to watch

    It begins with a Djembe player introducing Serge Gainsbourg’s Dub version
    of the French National Anthem and then a Spray Artist Turns the words ‘I
    love France’ into the phrase ‘I love Facebook’ by droppping the ‘r’ and the
    ‘n’. Complicated yet simple and positive.

    http://www.jadorefacebook.com

  • Jadore Facebook

    An Intelligent creative Grafitti Response to the Ban has surfaced on the
    web in the form of a video. Visit the link below to watch

    It begins with a Djembe player introducing Serge Gainsbourg’s Dub version
    of the French National Anthem and then a Spray Artist Turns the words ‘I
    love France’ into the phrase ‘I love Facebook’ by droppping the ‘r’ and the
    ‘n’. Complicated yet simple and positive.

    http://www.jadorefacebook.com

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