French Ban on Twitter & Facebook Mentions on TV & Radio

Not long ago we told how France was to crackdown on Facebook bullies and it seems that the French are now set to take action against both Twitter and Facebook, this time by banning mentions of the giant social networks on TV or radio.

The French broadcasting authority CSA has issued a clampdown of on-air mentions of Facebook and Twitter, unless a news story is specifically about the sites. This will have big repercussions for broadcasters in France as although they will still be able to say “find us on social networks” they are now banned from saying for example, “follow us on Twitter,” or, “Like us on Facebook,” according to Christina Warren over on Mashable.

The reason behind the ban is a decree from 1992 where “surreptitious advertising” was prohibited and Christine Kelly of the CSA attempted to explain the new regulations by saying it would be against competition to “give preference to Facebook, which is worth billions of dollars, when there are many other social networks that are struggling for recognition.” However others see it as a kind of grudge against American-based social networks with journalist Matthew Fraser, who was born in Canada but lives and works in France, saying it’s an instance of “deeply rooted animosity in the French psyche toward Anglo-Saxon cultural domination.”

We’d like to hear your thoughts on France banning on-air mentions of Twitter and Facebook. Do you see it as a resentment of American-based culture or maybe you feel that the 1992 decree, which was in place before social networking even existed, should still bear relevance? Let us know with your comments.