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IOC Has "No Regrets" About Embracing Social Media For London Games
Published August 1, 2012
THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY: The GUARDIAN's Josh Halliday notes some "well-known personalities are quitting Twitter after becoming the target of abusive messages from anonymous" posters. The messages directed at British diver Tom Daley "shortly after his Olympics disappointment on Monday are the latest example of cyberbullies taking aim on Twitter." Several British athletes competing at the Games "have found themselves targeted by a small but aggressive minority on the social network." Halliday: "Twitter has become an indispensable part of the Olympics" (GUARDIAN, 8/1)....FIFA President Sepp Blatter has confirmed that he "supports the decision to send Michel Morganella back to Switzerland for making a racist Tweet." Blatter, a Switzerland native, admitted that he had "been embarrassed by the incident at a time when the spectre of racism is rearing its head once more." Blatter: "It is embarrassing for the whole football family. It is embarrassing for the entire Olympic Games" (London INDEPENDENT, 8/1)....In Boston, Jessica Van Sack notes unlike athletes "who opted to use their 140 characters to protest Olympic organizers’ restrictions on outside ads or rail against vicious fans," U.S. Gold Medal-winning gymnast Aly Raisman "is keeping things light, positive and focused on the excitement of the games." Several athletes "have not been as prudent, whether letting cruel spectators get the better of them or simply letting their thin skin show" (BOSTON HERALD, 8/1).