In another attempt to preserve the “French” language, France has officially banned members of on-air personalities in the TV and Radio industry from using the words “Twitter” and “Facebook” unless its relevant to the news story they are reporting.
For example,the are not allowed to say:
Follow me on Twitter
They can say:
Politician “x” has posted a naked image of himself on Twitter.
It has to do with a 1992 law that these on-air journalists are supposed to be models of respect for the public; they view Twitter and Facebook clandestine American advertisers, which are sucking the money away from the French economy. At any rate, it means that the country’s media is going to be further behind in the social scene i.e. not being able to attract audiences on the platforms that they use for communications. Perhaps MySpace will make a comeback in the land of Brie and Wine?