Shalom Life | August 29, 2015

"Facebook" and "Twitter" Banned from La Media

France has banned the mention of the words "Twitter" and "Facebook" on television and radio.

By: Nelly Lalany

Published: June 6th, 2011 in Business » World

"Facebook" and "Twitter" Banned from La Media

According to latest reports the country of France has banned the mention of the words “Twitter” and “Facebook” on radio and television.

The Huffington Post states the new ruling actually dates back to bylaw from 1992, which suggests that using the name of specific social networking sites actually gives preference and free advertising to the sites named.

Apparently, this isn’t first the time the French have attempted to prevent the integration of English words into their vocabulary.

Inevitably, it will be difficult to avoid the use of these words given the important presence they possess in everyday lives all over the world. Especially, the lives of those who work in media. Social networking websites are very relevant to the media thus French reporters will surely need to be creative when replacing these iconic names in news stories.

In fact there’s bound to be a slip-up or two, which leaves us to wonder what the implications will be should someone have a quick slip of the tongue? Not shockingly, there is an exception it states that the words are applicable if it applies to an older story.

In a statement by Conseil Supérieur de l’Audiovisuel (CSA), he argues that the French government is merely upholding the law:

“Why give preference to Facebook, which is worth billions of dollars, when there are many other social networks that are struggling for recognition? This would be a distortion of competition. 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?’”

While, there is somewhat of an admirable quality about this sudden concern for specific promotion of certain social networking sites, it is unrealistic and perhaps even harsh to expect their expulsion from large media hubs.

According to The Journal, experts have claimed the decision is, “artificial and doesn’t reflect reality”.

The assumption is that this may be an issue of language rather than site promotion. However, it may be a question of both. It’s odd that this ban is to be taken seriously, but when it comes to self-preservation – no one does it better than France.

If Canada decided to make a similar law, what would you think? What do you think the French are most concerned about- preferential promotion or the use of English words on a consistent basis?

New App Helps Religious Jewish Women with Niddah New App Helps Religious Jewish Women with Niddah TrendingHebrew National Hot Dogs Promote Eating Products with Bacon, Shellfish Hebrew National Hot Dogs Promote Eating Products with Bacon, Shellfish Trending'Birthright Excel' a Success for 5th Year in a Row 'Birthright Excel' a Success for 5th Year in a Row Trending
 

This Couple is Documenting their Conversion to Judaism on Instagram

August 27, 2015 | By Sy Berg
This Couple is Documenting their Conversion to Judaism on Instagram

2HipJews are putting the 'modern' back into modern Orthodox

Read More

Shalom Life is Saying Goodbye

August 27, 2015 | By Shalom Life Staff
Shalom Life is Saying Goodbye

After nearly 7 years, we are sadly ending Shalom Life's run.

Read More

Shaw Festival Review: The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide...

August 26, 2015 | By Hermine Steinberg
Shaw Festival Review: The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide...

Tony Kushner's family drama challenges it's audiences on so many levels, it leaves you breathless and beaten. It is awesome; astounding, humbling, overwhelming and remarkable.

Read More

Shaw Festival Review- The Divine: A Play for Sarah Berhnardt

August 23, 2015 | By Hermine Steinberg
Shaw Festival Review- The Divine: A Play for Sarah Berhnardt

This powerful play based on a true story is an absolute must-see this summer.

Read More

Top 10 Most Influential LGBT Jews

August 14, 2015 | By Ashley Baylen
Top 10 Most Influential LGBT Jews

These 10 LGBT celebrities are an inspiration to us all.

Read More

Crossfit “Guru” Does Handstand at Holocaust Memorial

August 14, 2015 | By Daina Goldfinger
Crossfit “Guru” Does Handstand at Holocaust Memorial

Dave Driskell apologized Monday evening for his actions

Read More

There’s a Jewish Rapper with a #1 Hit Record, and His Name’s Not Drake

August 14, 2015 | By B. Shane Morganstein
There’s a Jewish Rapper with a #1 Hit Record, and His Name’s Not Drake

Lil Dicky's 'Professional Rapper' sells 22,000 copies in its first week

Read More

Ben Gurion Airport Breaks All-Time Travel Records

August 14, 2015 | By B. Shane Morganstein
Ben Gurion Airport Breaks All-Time Travel Records

Reports indicate that some 78,000 travelers passed through the Israeli airport in a single day

Read More

More Headlines