BBC To Stop Plot Leaks By Banning Twitter

The same old problems keep on surfacing again, and that is leaks via Twitter. When the word “leak” is actually used it makes you think of a sinister organisation doing all they can uncover plots and ruin types of surprises and mysteries for people. In this case it is actors and people in the TV industry using their personal accounts to share their thoughts with their followers, at the same time accidentally spilling secrets to the whole community.

The BBC now seems absolutely sick and tired of producing all of these intriguing plots and finales to their TV shows, only for the surprise to be leaked out and spoiled even before the air date. It seems that action is being taken as the BBC now appears to be seriously considering a Twitter ban to all employees of the BBC, according to Electric Pig. Senior BBC executives are currently mulling over whether to prevent their actors, writers and other crew from using the social networking service.

This argument comes up all of the time as Twitter has caused problems in places like the Footballing world where ex Liverpool player Ryan Babel was punished for posting a picture of Howard Webb, which implied he was biased to Manchester United. We also saw recently defeated boxer David Haye post a rude joke on his personal Twitter account which he could be disciplined for. Can you stop a human being no matter who they are from using a website in their personal time?

In honesty, no you cant but you can make rules that state that the workplace must not be discussed. The BBC can create a Twitter ban which stops their employees from using the microblogging service on the premises and also stops them from tweeting about work and plots. Other than that, BBC employees have the right to share their lives with their followers, as long as it is not related to their job.

Almost a year ago, the cast of Coronation Street were hit with a Twitter ban after leaking the tram disaster plot. Other leaks include Sophie Ellis Bextor revealing she is to appear on Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s show, as well as Stephen Mangan confirming that a second series of Dirk Gently had been given the green light. Stephen Moffat who works as head writer for the BBC’s hugely popular show Doctor Who, said he “hates” spoiler fans, according to CBBC.

Other BBC officials have said that leaks can have major effects and must not happen. “A random tweet can rob an artist of his or her potentially much louder fanfare“. The BBC currently has guidelines in place to prevent their employees from committing similar leaks on Facebook. At the end of the day can spoilers really be stopped and should the BBC try and so so? Leave us your thoughts on this in the comments section.