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Comment #36344 by Stephen Madden

Stephen Madden Jun 5th 2011, 9:36 PM #

I’ve read a little bit more about this on other sites and I can understand the rationale. Both Facebook and Twitter are brands. If a presenter says ‘You can follow me on Twitter’ he is clearly promoting that company. Now, I don’t really have a problem with that but I can understand that if I was a rival site I would be pretty peeved that publically funded TV was giving free advertising to my competitor. As far as I know the BBC place similar restrictions on advertising in their broadcasts. I suspect we may hear of RTE following suit in due course.

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France bans the words 'Facebook' and 'Twitter' from TV and radio

France bans the words 'Facebook' and 'Twitter' from TV and radio

The ban is in line with a nearly 20-year-old law that says mentioning such services is an act of advertising. It has been criticised as ridiculous in some quarters.

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