France govt bans Facebook & Twitter!

Written by: Abdul Nisar
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Paris, Jun 6: The French government decided to ban the use of the words 'Facebook' and 'Twitter' in on television or radio programs.

According to a report in Daily Mail, French law makers initiated the ban of using Facebook and Twitter on TV programmes by upholding a 1992 decree, which stipulates that commercial enterprises should not be promoted on news programs.

Now the anchors or the programme hosts can speak about the world's largest social networking site, Facebook, and the popular micro-blogging site, Twitter, only if the story is particularly based on these words.

Christine Kelly, spokesperson for France"s regulator of broadcasting Conseil Superieur de l Audiovisuel (CSA), said the government's decision was right as many other less-popular social networking sites are struggling for identity.

"Why give preference to Facebook, which is worth billions of dollars, when there are many other social networks that are struggling for recognition?" Kelly said.

"This would be a distortion of competition. If we allow Facebook and Twitter to be cited on air, it"s opening a Pandora"s Box, other social networks will complain to us saying, 'why not us?'" she added.

So, now you can't hear the names of your favourite social networking platforms in French TV or radio. Let's hope the other nations won't follow the same. Stay connected until then!

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