Did Manchester United Ban Players From Using Social Networks... Or Alert People To Fake Accounts?

from the and-does-either-make-sense dept

ethorad alerts us to the news that the UK football/soccer club Manchester United put out a statement insisting that none of its players use any social network accounts. The club apparently says that it's just stating a fact -- to stop people from thinking they're communicating with real players when they're actually talking to impostors -- rather than forcing the players off of social networks. However, the BBC notes that there were three ManU players who were believed to have real Twitter accounts, and all have suddenly disappeared -- which suggests the real issue is that ManU banned players from using social networks to connect with fans. If that's true, it seems incredibly short-sighted. Yes, players need to be careful when communicating publicly, but blocking them off entirely doesn't help make fans any more loyal.

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    The Gaffer, 26 Jan 2010 @ 3:51am

    The original story that revealed the Man United players who had their Twitter and Facebook accounts shut down can be read here: http://www.epltalk.com/man-united-shuts-down-twitter-and-facebook-accounts-for-its-footballers/14922

    I find it curious that the Manchester United spokesperson in the BBC article says that "it wouldn't have been us that stopped them" from using Twitter and Facebook. So if it wasn't Man United, who was it? Are the players smart enough to know how to suspend their Twitter accounts and wipe all of the content from their Facebook walls? I doubt it.

    As a follow-up to my original investigative article, I published a post yesterday which lists 30 Premier League footballers who do have currently active Twitter and Facebook accounts. That post can be found here: http://www.epltalk.com/list-of-30-premier-league-footballers-on-twitter-and-facebook/15242

    Cheers ,
    The Gaffer

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