2014 Sochi Winter Olympics (UPDATED)

Journalists and reporters are, in fact, allowed to utilize social media outlets when reporting on the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Mark Adams, International Olympic Committee spokesman confirmed in a statement to USA Today’s sports blog, For The Win, that reporters are not banned from the use of sites such as Twitter and Instagram.

Original reports noted that Vasily Konov, head of Russian news source R-Sport, commented that mobile phones, tablets and smaller recording devices were to be banned from the Olympic games for the purpose of recording videos as well as photos. Adams clarified that filming videos on these devices for the purpose of posting on social media outlets will still be prohibited, as it infringes on the Olympic Games’ broadcast rights.

Adams encourages reporters to share photographs on their personal social media profiles. The following is his statement sent to For The Win in order to clarify the recent misunderstanding:

“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.”

“Sharing pix on social media is positively encouraged,” Adams stated in a follow up email. “Please take as many photos as you like!”

This clarification meets much relief from both reporters and Olympic fans who enjoyed seeing Instagram and Twitter posts during the 2012 London Olympics.

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Original Story: Earlier this morning, the Internet got wind of a new rule for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Authorities released that Russia wishes to draw the line between professional journalists and regular-old Olympic goers.

Any journalist caught using a mobile phone, tablet or point-and-shoot camera to document the games, which begin February 7th, will be considered in “violation” of the rules and will lose their professional accreditation. Vasily Konov, head of Russian news source R-Sport, told reporters at a seminar that only those with the appropriate passes and equipment — such as SLR and digital video cameras — will be granted the right to document Olympic action.

This greatly differs from the 2012 London Olympics, at which journalists had the freedom to document the games on their own private social media accounts. In Sochi, any reporter found to post to Vine, Instagram or Twitter will lose their right to report the news.

Spectators are still permitted to record and photograph on mobile phones, as well as post to social media sites to their heart’s content.

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