The International Olympic Committee is confusing journalists.
First, reporters scheduled to cover the 2014 Sochi Olympics were led to believe that they would lose press access if they used Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Pinterest or any social media to post photos from their phone.
reported that Russian authorities said anyone capturing the Games in real time with their phone would lose press access. They got their information from the state-run R-Sport news organization, which was the first to relay the bad news.
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But IOC spokesman Mark Adams confirmed to USA Today
that journalists will, indeed, be able to tweet, Instagram, otherwise share from their phones.
Here’s Adams’ statement in full:
Accredited media may freely utilise social media platforms or websites for bona fide reporting purposes. Photos taken by accredited photographers may be published for editorial purposes on social media platforms or websites in accordance with the Photographers Undertaking. The Olympic symbol – i.e. the five interlaced rings, which is the property of the IOC – can be used by accredited media for factual and editorial purposes, for example in a news article covering the Olympic Games. All other provisions of these Guidelines apply.
Filming video for social media accounts will still not be allowed, however, so Vine and at least one aspect of Instagram are verboten.