The Games Will Be Instagrammed

IOC spokesman dispels rumors of social media ban

The OIympic Flame burns before more than 60,000 spectators at BC Place stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the XXI Olympic Winter Games on Feb. 12 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Tim Hipps/Wikimedia)
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Despite multiple reports that journalists at the Sochi Olympics will be barred from posting news on Instagram, Twitter, and other social media, the International Olympic Committee confirms that still photos will be allowed at the XXII Olympic Winter Games, saying the previous statement was a misunderstanding.

“Please take as many photos as you like!” IOC spokesperson Mark Adams wrote to USA Today via email. “Sharing pix on social media positively encouraged.”

Rumors of the social media ban came after the editor of the Russian, state-run R-Sports news agency purportedly told international journalists on Friday that anyone caught using social media will be “considered a serious violation and lead to their accreditation being canceled.”

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Adams clarifies journalists are still prohibited filming video for social media accounts on mobile phones, tablets, and point-and-shoot cameras. However, these restrictions won’t apply to the spectators expected to attend the games in February.

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