Australian Commonwealth Games Association denies ban on athletes' use of Twitter

Aussie athletes allowed to tweet, use Facebook and blog, so long as it adheres to organisational guidelines

The Australian Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA) has hit back at reports that Australian athletes competing in the Commonwealth Games have beenbanned from using social media sites Twitter and Facebook.

The ACGA’s media director, Tracy Parish, disputed the the so-called 'social media blackout', telling Computerworld Australia that the association permited athletes to use social media if they complied with established blogging guidelines.

“There is no ban on Australian athletes using Twitter or updating their Facebook as long as they adhere to the ACGA's Blogging guidelines,” she said.

“Each section manager was given a copy of these guidelines at the team briefing in May to discuss with their athlete's and again here in Delhi in the daily headquarters meeting.”

The guidelines define the use of blogs, Twitter and Facebook by Australian athletes, stating that Commonwealth Games content can be discussed by athletes.

“Accredited persons [Australian athletes] must only post CG content on a blog which they control, and content must be confined solely to their own personal Commonwealth Games related experience,” the blogging guidelines state. “The guidelines permit a factual account of events and personal experiences only.”

As well as this, the guidelines said posts must be “dignified and in good taste”, have “no sound or moving images” of any events and contain no commercial reference in connection to Commonwealth Games content.

Swimmer Eamon Sullivan is one such athlete adhering to the set guidelines, regularly posting Twitter updates from a number of Commonwealth Games events in Delhi.

The news comes as Melbourne Storm boss Ron Gauci this week said AFL officials should develop a social media policy, in light of Spider Everett's recent offensive tweets.

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