After receiving criticism for its proposed ban on social media updates from its games, the Southeastern Conference has backed off and revised its regulations – to a point. The SEC had previously announced that fans would not be allowed to update sites such as Twitter or Facebook with real-time updates or images from games they were attending. But a backlash from sports and tech media has seemingly forced them to change their policy.
As Mashable reports, they are now allowing fans to post social media updates from games – with the exception of posting live video from games. The SEC says this is to protect its broadcast partner CBS – which holds exclusive broadcast rights for many of the top SEC football and basketball games. Of course, it’s doubtful that grainy, 15-second footage taken from a cell phone camera is going to make someone not watch a game live on TV. But the policy certainly is a lot more reasonable than the draconian methods the conference had previously attempted to institute.