Don’t hit that button- Tweeting, Instagramming, Facebooking, and all other forms of social media have been banned at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Journalists who are caught using social media on-site will be disaccredited and removed from the Games. This includes all non-professional equipment like tablets and smartphones.
Russian officials state that they will be vigilant about monitoring all communications to and from all non-journalists and journalists alike at the Games. According to the Guardian:
According to the documents, participants and average spectators will face some of the most invasive and systematic spying and surveillance in the history of the Games.
Some believe that this is Russia’s way of trying to control the flow of information outside of the country, therefore pushing their political agenda. Others believe Russia is doing so to try to create media hype. This also begs the question, what is technically “social media”? Will all blogging be banned as well as the more obvious social media apps like Vine, Facebook, and Twitter? With the Games a year away, it may be too soon to tell whether Russia will relax their social media ban.