ESPN Restricts Social Networking Use

Patrick Avery

Social networking policies are in the news again as ESPN has decided to limit employee use of Facebook and Twitter. The sports network guidelines say that on-air talent, reporters and writers are prohibited from having sports-related blogs or Web sites and that they will need a supervisor's approval to discuss sports on any social networking sites. They will also be restricted from discussing internal policies or detailing how stories are "reported, written, edited or produced."


The Knowledge Network has compiled several other social network and blogging policies to serve as a template for those looking to create a policy themselves. These policies, however, are a tad less restrictive then the one ESPN has compiled.


Sample Social Networking Policy

Greteman Group's Social Media Policy

Opera Employee Blogging Policies

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