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SBD Global/May 22, 2013/Media

Cricket Australia Ponders Social Media Policy In Light Of Twitter Controversy

Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland conceded that "the governing body might need to consider implementing a social media policy in light of the recent David Warner Twitter controversy," but insisted that "he will continue to encourage players to use the forum," according to Angela Habashy of the AAP. Warner "is expected to plead guilty at Wednesday's hearing after being charged with breaching CA's code of conduct over his Twitter attack on two journalists on Saturday." Sutherland said that "there had been no discussions about developing a social media policy for players," but admited that "it might be something CA needs to consider." Sutherland said, "We haven't (discussed having a policy) so far. We've worked with our players and helped them in training and development and understanding the pitfalls of it" (AAP, 5/21).

STAYING CONNECTED: In Sydney, Peter Kogoy reported Sutherland "wants players to continue interacting with fans on social media." Sutherland said, "Absolutely (I'll encourage players to use social media) -- it's very important. In a broad sense, it is a fine line between saying the right thing and not. We at Cricket Australia are certainly conscious of encouraging our players to speak out when appropriate" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 5/22).
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