First you had the NFL stomping down on Twitter. They Antonio Cromartie, and the Dolphins banned it (damn we were looking forward to a Joey Porter Twitter page). But we expected that from them…they are the No Fun League.
Last night, ESPN surprised us by sending out a memo to all employees censoring their tweets.
ESPN is not only censoring tweets, but posts on all social networking sites, across all platforms. They don’t care whether it’s on twitter or facebook, coming from your phone or computer…you’d better watch what you say because they will be.
ESPN has more social networking rules and regulations than there are in the constitution, but basically anybody that gets a check from ESPN can’t post anything good, controversial, or sexy anymore. Their content is about to get real Disney…PG.
So you might as well un-follow on Twitter and de-friend on Facebook everyone that works for ESPN, because they are about to start talking the same BS they spit on TV and Radio. We got a list of specific guidelines below…
- Personal websites and blogs that contain sports content are not permitted
- Prior to engaging in any form of social networking dealing with sports, you must receive permission from the supervisor as appointed by your department head
- ESPN.COM may choose to post sports related social media content
- If ESPN.com opts not to post sports related social media content created by ESPN talent, you are not permitted to report, speculate, discuss or give any opinions on sports related topics or personalities on your personal platforms
- The first and only priority is to serve ESPN sanctioned efforts, including sports news, information and content
- Assume at all times you are representing ESPN
- If you wouldn’t say it on the air or write it in your column, don’t tweet it
- Exercise discretion, thoughtfulness and respect for your colleagues, business associates and our fans
- Avoid discussing internal policies or detailing how a story or feature was reported, written, edited or produced and discussing stories or features in progress, those that haven’t been posted or produced, interviews you’ve conducted, or any future coverage plans.
- Steer clear of engaging in dialogue that defends your work against those who challenge it and do not engage in media criticism or disparage colleagues or competitors
- Be mindful that all posted content is subject to review in accordance with ESPN’s employee policies and editorial guidelines
- Confidential or proprietary company information or similar information of third parties who have shared such information with ESPN, should not be shared
- Any violation of these guidelines could result in a range of consequences, including but not limited to suspension or dismissal.