The London Olympics are fast approaching, and they’ve come up with what appears to be a pretty antiquated stance on social media: no communication, whatsoever.
The 70,000 volunteers at the Olympics, fondly called the Game Makers, have been instructed not to tweet or post anything about their Olympics duties or what they see.
According to Reuters, all volunteers are restricted from using Twitter, Facebook or other social networks to disclose breaking news about the athletes, celebrities and politicians at the event, or discuss their roles.
A spokesperson from the Olympics explained that they have strict rules for social media to protect the participants in the event:
“We understand that many of our Games Makers (volunteers) will want to use social media to share their exciting experiences at London 2012 with their friends and family. As is standard in most organizations, we have provided some practical guidelines to give basic advice on interacting in a social media environment with the aim of protecting the interests of our workforce and operation.”
This means that those 70,000 volunteers cannot check in on Olympics grounds, tweet photos of themselves hanging out with superstar athletes, or update their status when they see a bigwig politician in the stadium.
It makes sense that the Olympics would want to restrict some use of social media, but trying to control 70,000 young, excited volunteers from sending out a quick tweet might prove more difficult than just instating a social media policy.