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Olympics restrict use of social media by Sochi athletes

To protect their image and commercial interests, the International Olympic Committee (IOC)has banned Sochi athletes, coaches, officials and other employees from posting winter games video and audio. While written posts and still photos can be posted, according to the rules, they must ““conform to the Olympic spirit and fundamental principles of Olympism as contained in the Olympic Charter, be dignified and in good taste, and should not be discriminatory, offensive, hateful, defamatory or otherwise illegal and shall not contain vulgar or obscene words or images.” (GeekWire, February 7, 2014, by Taylor Soper)

Apart from the IOC, the Russian government  is not the only country to put restrictions on athletes. To protect their athletes and free them from distractions, the Australians have banned tweeting from the team bus and declared the Sochi games free from social media, partying and personal devices. The athletes are expected to substantially ignore the rules.  (The Post Game, February 4, 2014, by David Kahn)

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