Comments:French broadcasters barred from saying "Facebook" or "Twitter" on air

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J'adore la France102:22, 17 June 2011
Really?713:01, 6 June 2011
Comments from feedback form - "Title should read, "French bro..."207:18, 6 June 2011
censorship104:59, 6 June 2011
So sad103:54, 6 June 2011
Colemanballs203:52, 6 June 2011

J'adore la France

Wish they would do that here in America. (talk)10:21, 5 June 2011

I'm also quite sick of CNN ending every story with "and let's see what Twitter says about this" or their constant pushing for people to join their corporate facebook groups.

Danthemango (talk)02:22, 17 June 2011

This is just ridiculous. If Facebook and Twitter cannot be mentioned on-air as it is 'advertising', then does that mean all brands should be edited out? What do you say if you want to take a drink a cup of tea out of your Thermos flask, throw your frisbee and play on your Playstation 3 before cleaning the room using a hoover?

Rayboy8 (my talk) (my contributions)09:07, 5 June 2011

Flask, flying disc (although I wasn't aware frisbee was a brand name), games console, and vacuum cleaner.

DENDODGE11:37, 5 June 2011

What if you want to Google something? Can you watch something on YouTube?

Rayboy8 (my talk) (my contributions)16:25, 5 June 2011

Search engine, video website.

Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs)16:40, 5 June 2011

Oh, I give up. :)

Rayboy8 (my talk) (my contributions)19:32, 5 June 2011

<chuckles> It is workable... Just ludicrously forced.

Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs)19:36, 5 June 2011

Remember that the BBC has rules about this too, although they aren't always strictly followed. Blue Peter famously had to refer to Sellotape as "sticky backed plastic", and there's the stock phrase "other brands are available".

Of your examples thermos and hoover are well genericised now anyway. The others it will depend on context.

the wub "?!"20:15, 5 June 2011

How encompassing is the rule? Broadcasters often have their own twitter feeds that they mention on air - the whole point being that they are popular and thus a greater chance of something useful or interesteing being tweeted. Its no good quoting a site that viewers or listeners by and large havn't heard of. So is it just the verb to "tweet" or the noun "facebooker" that are banned? Other sites are obviously not different and/or innovative enough to warrent such gloabal reknown as facebook and twitter; the playing field isn't level so why should they all be treated equally? (talk)13:01, 6 June 2011

Comments from feedback form - "Title should read, "French bro..."

Title should read, "French broadcasters barred from mentioning social network names on air". As it currently reads, although factual, it is misleading the reader. (talk)17:00, 5 June 2011

True. This article would be illegal if it were in French television instead of Wikinews. Quite ironic!

Ungoliant MMDCCLXIV (talk)22:09, 5 June 2011

Zut alors! Quel Catastrophe! :-D

Brian McNeil / talk07:18, 6 June 2011


Why not list the top ten social networks at the bottom of an article and/or advertisment , simple ,that even's the playing feild up . (talk)02:54, 6 June 2011

Then those social networks not in the top ten would still be at a disadvantage

Ragettho (talk)04:59, 6 June 2011

As a Canadian, I have long known that the French are basically insecure and are therefore afraid of losing their culture. But, it really makes them look pathetic and weak when they feel it necessary to legislate their insecurity. (talk)05:38, 5 June 2011

How long, do you think, before this becomes incorporated into some offshoot of la Loi 101? (talk)03:54, 6 June 2011


"symbols of Anglo-Saxon global dominance" Would someone point out to Mathew Fraser that the Angles and Saxons came from a geographic area that includes modern day France (talk)11:37, 5 June 2011

2) Related to nations which speak primarily English; especially United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Australia.

Ungoliant MMDCCLXIV (talk)22:13, 5 June 2011

It's not Mathew Fraser who needs to be clued in, it's the French, who regularly talk about "Anglo-Saxons" and who give the word its modern sub-meaning. (talk)03:52, 6 June 2011