TV regulators in France ban some uses of words "Facebook" and "Twitter"

You see these kinds of phrases all the time on TV shows. A news commentator might ask you to "like our station on Facebook". A celebrity might say on the radio that fans can follow him or her on their Twitter page. But that kind of language is now illegal to use in the country of France. The web site This Much I Know reports that TV and radio regulators in France have now banned the use of the words "Facebook" and "Twitter" on those media outlets except when news stories report specifically on the social networking companies and their services.

Why has the French government taken such an action? Because regulators say that when someone says to "follow me on Twitter" on a TV show or on the radio it's unfair to all the other social networking businesses. The story quotes Christine Kelly, a spokesperson for the French regulator CSA as saying, "Why give preference to Facebook, which is worth billions of dollars, when there are many other social networks that are struggling for recognition?" She added, "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?'"

The story speculates that the real reason for such a wacky regulation is that the group doesn't want to give two US based companies a lot of air time over French broadcasts. In any case, this kind of ruling shows that free speech is interpreted in many different ways in different countries.

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I love Neowin because i enjoy reading the comments on the news. Such an interesting reader community with a variety of opinions.
As for facebook, as someone said above, the french have a point, but FB is now beyond these concerns and will not get more/less users whether they mention it or not.
As for Privacy of FB, i don't post anything beyond what i dont mind sharing with the whole world. Same goes for the any other site. If it's on the net, someone somewhere has access to it other than you.

Hmm... I follow France24 on Facebook. In fact, if you visit the France24 web site for the first time (or after deleting your browser's cookies), there's a pop-up inviting you to sign up for a newsletter, or follow them on Facebook or Twitter. Plus they have Facebook and Twitter icons on the top of every page on the site. LOL

Matthew Fraser has really embraced the French way of life because his opinion article ranks near the usual Café de Commerce *****ing so common here. The references about the Minitel and these evil state regulation hungry French are quite funny.
Still, the base law is that television and radio channels are forbidden to mention commercial companies names unless the news applies directly to them because that would be clandestine products placement.
Product placement publicity is forbidden in France and that makes a lot of TV shows quite funny because labels and stickers are covered or removed but the product can be identified with the color or shape of the bottle/box.
News channels could reference RSS or atom feeds because these are neutral technologies names.

The CSA regulation is just that: there is no restriction regarding the usage of Facebook or Twitter.
One thing in the article is quite right is that the news went completely unnoticed.
Now, I cannot help but wonder how the television and radio are going to ask people to go to their twitter and facebook links because they are so widly used right now ...

Imo, the "not fair for other social networks" is just an excuse.
They are really affraid of losing the remaining viewers htey have.
Think about it, why would you schedule you free time to match those of a TV show to learn about something/someone when you can just check on the web. Plus you can chose multiple sources.
When the comentator talk about Facebook/Twitter or any other internet based news/info website they are just advertising the competition.

Maybe they give preferential treatment to Facebook because they actually made it big. Hell, it started from a college dorm room. If other social networks couldn't compete with that than it's their own faults.. Facebook didn't have any sort of advantage in getting their business off the ground and running and recognized.

At least the French get 5 to 6 weeks paid vacation for all workers and everyone has healthcare. Much better lifestyle than America. Americans lucky to get 2 weeks paid vacation after they have to work for a few years to get it. Also 1/3 of the American population has no health insurance.

Id still say France has much for Freedom :-)

nukenorman said,
At least the French get 5 to 6 weeks paid vacation for all workers and everyone has healthcare. Much better lifestyle than America. Americans lucky to get 2 weeks paid vacation after they have to work for a few years to get it. Also 1/3 of the American population has no health insurance.

Id still say France has much for Freedom :-)

Agreed. Vacation and insurance has a lot to do with freedom. Wait, what?

nukenorman said,
At least the French get 5 to 6 weeks paid vacation for all workers and everyone has healthcare. Much better lifestyle than America. Americans lucky to get 2 weeks paid vacation after they have to work for a few years to get it. Also 1/3 of the American population has no health insurance.

Id still say France has much for Freedom :-)

Yes, because all of that has even an ounce to do with Facebook.

AtriusNY said,
Ignorant article.

It comes down to neutrality of state channels. And they have a point.

Should they stop also say their own channel name because it's unfair for the others?

Mark Zuckerberg and the owner of Twitter have already met with the American National Security Agency. Anyone who has a FB account is not monitored on FB and you face is already in its facial Recognition database.

Ex NSA worker said in the future the gov wont have to pry and get your personal information that someday you will be willing to give it away. He said this many years ago and now the time has come true.

Also Mark Zuckerberg was also invited to the latest G8 summit. Now why would he be such importance?

nukenorman said,
Mark Zuckerberg and the owner of Twitter have already met with the American National Security Agency. Anyone who has a FB account is not monitored on FB and you face is already in its facial Recognition database.

Ex NSA worker said in the future the gov wont have to pry and get your personal information that someday you will be willing to give it away. He said this many years ago and now the time has come true.

Also Mark Zuckerberg was also invited to the latest G8 summit. Now why would he be such importance?

Man that is creepy... and like...completely believable. Wow. Scary stuff. The guy is worth so much right now. I hope he can just say that enough is enough and not go completely evil on us.

nukenorman said,
Mark Zuckerberg and the owner of Twitter have already met with the American National Security Agency. Anyone who has a FB account is not monitored on FB and you face is already in its facial Recognition database.

Ex NSA worker said in the future the gov wont have to pry and get your personal information that someday you will be willing to give it away. He said this many years ago and now the time has come true.

Also Mark Zuckerberg was also invited to the latest G8 summit. Now why would he be such importance?

quick get your tin foil hat...

NSA is a cryptologic intelligence agency of the United States Department of Defense responsible for the collection and analysis of foreign communications and foreign signals intelligence, as well as protecting U.S. government communications and information systems, which involves cryptanalysis and cryptography.

NSA's work is limited to communications intelligence; it does not perform field or human intelligence activities.

NSA don't care about you and your facebook status...

nukenorman said,
Ex NSA worker said in the future the gov wont have to pry and get your personal information that someday you will be willing to give it away. He said this many years ago and now the time has come true.

What about DMV? What about gov already having ALL OF YOUR PERSONAL INFO: birth, family, wife, address, handling you by controlling the income tax, knowing all of you, including debts? What about banks holding your WHOLE LIFE IN THEIR HANDS?

It's laughable to fear, in this day and age, when the world is FLOODED with personal info, yours, a little ant worker, has so much weight you need to became paranoid over it. Relax.

That's a stupid analogy on the french government.

They just don't want to give american companies any free advertising. It's pretty much a known fact the French don't like Americans.

AtriusNY said,
Give me a list of EU countries that actually like US except UK.

I'm sorry...I was only talking about France. Could care less about anywhere else...the article on here is talking about...FRANCE.

AtriusNY said,
Give me a list of EU countries that actually like US except UK.

I'm sorry...I was only talking about France. Could care less about anywhere else...the article on here is talking about...FRANCE.

AtriusNY said,
You sound like a knowledgable person. Respect.

LMAO!! On a side note, I'd say the Spanish find us amusing... I also believe we're somewhat on the same page with Holland, they don't hate us... yet. (lived in both places)

AtriusNY said,
Give me a list of EU countries that actually like US except UK.

We actually ****ing hate the US.

AtriusNY said,
Give me a list of EU countries that actually like US except UK.

from what i know, people find, you americans, not-smart.. id like not to emphasize on that so it wouldnt sound worse than what it seems

allwynd said,

from what i know, people find, you americans, not-smart.. id like not to emphasize on that so it wouldnt sound worse than what it seems


This, coming from a person that can't form a proper sentence...

texasghost said,

I'm sorry...I was only talking about France. Could care less about anywhere else...the article on here is talking about...FRANCE.


The term is "couldn't care less" not "could care less". Saying you could care less means you do care at least a little bit. So get it right please

Allow David Mitchell to explain:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=om7O0MFkmpw