The French Say 'Non' To Social Networks On Radio And TV
June 6, 2011 at 5:12 AM (PT)
The French government, citing a 1992 decree that commercial enterprises should not be promoted on news programs, has said that it will ban the words "FACEBOOK" and "TWITTER" from television and radio unless it is "pivotal and relevant" to a news item.
The move will prevent French news broadcasters from urging listeners or viewers to "follow us on TWITTER," something that is typical here in the U.S.
MATTHEW FRASER in THE HUFFINGTON POST put a different spin on the decision, writing "FACEBOOK and TWITTER are, of course, American social networks," he wrote. "In FRANCE, they are regarded -- at least implicitly -- as symbols of Anglo-Saxon global dominance -- along with APPLE, MTV, MCDONALD'S, HOLLYWOOD, DISNEYLAND, and other cultural juggernauts. That there is a deeply-rooted animosity in the French psyche towards Anglo-Saxon cultural domination cannot be disputed."