Assholes Are Everywhere; French Ban Word ‘Facebook’ and ‘Twitter’ on TV and Radio


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You don’t need to come and visit Pakistan to experience a time to time censorship on social networking sites, now this facility is available in many other countries. The newly added is France. 😉

Broadcasting anchors and TV/Radio hosts are forbidden to use the word Twitter and Facebook unless it is seriously important or directly related to the news.

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” Christine Kelly, spokesman for France’s Conseil Supérieur de l’Audiovisuel (CSA), thinks that the government is correct to uphold this law. Why give preference to Facebook, which is worth billions of dollars, when there are many other social networks that are struggling for recognition?’ she asked.”

According to TechCrunch, now brands will consider asking something, ‘Follow us on Social Media’ instead of Follow us on Twitter or Like us on Facebook.

The decision is being made on the base that mentioning the popular social media sites is a hidden form of advertising. Well, then why the heck France banned the word email in 2003?

We believe that social sites like Facebook and Twitter empowers common people to communicate and influence more effectively. And banning these names will damage the growth of social media use in France, also it is not a good example at all.

Let’s see how French people respond to this new kind of ban.

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2 thoughts on “Assholes Are Everywhere; French Ban Word ‘Facebook’ and ‘Twitter’ on TV and Radio

  1. Ok, I am not sure why Facebook and Twitter are being equated with ‘Social Welfare’ or ‘General good’ for mankind or similar impressions which I get from this anxiety-filled piece. While I am totally up for furthering communication and collaboration, at the end of the day it’s the social-media and the idea that we need to understand each other more which should win. While many Pakistani newspapers freely use Facebook and Twitter in their pieces, which are two of the most popular and commercial organizations, they fail to give credits to the most other organizations in their news.

    That’s what French are trying to do – avoid giving undue advantage to both sites over others. It’s very simple. I am not sure why you’re getting so hot and bothersome. ‘Banning these sites will hamper growth of Social Media in France’? What are you, 10yr old?

    • The point is, why an anchor/ tv host uses word Facebook or Twitter. The reason is clear because these are the sites where that things is happening.

      More, Facebook and twitter didn’t built this reputation by accident. They deserve the credit if something remarkable is happening there.

      I’m okay, if anyone personally doesn’t name a specific brand. But imposing something is always referred as a ban. And this is not the first time France is doing it, they banned the word email as well.

      You’re right about Pakistani media they intentionally doesn’t give credit to groups and organization unless … (<— You know this).

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