Elaine Thompson-Herahon Tuesday afternoon. The ‘fastest woman alive’ had of her Olympic races, after which the Facebook-owned platform blocked her briefly.
Thompson-Herah said she was blocked from posting herbecause she didn’t own the right. “So see you all in 2 days,” she wrote on Twitter. However, the tweet has been removed since her was quickly restored. The athlete later told her followers with an that the block was cleared, and she could post now. On , she posted, “My block is cleared,” on a Story. According to a report by NPR, a Facebook spokesperson said the suspension was an accident, and . However, the by the athlete have been deleted.
The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC)guidelines restrict athletes — to some extent — when posting the Games’ content on their accounts. According to guidelines, may capture and share content for private purposes only and not for commercial or promotional purposes — other than as set out in the IOC’s “Commercial Opportunities for Participants” document. In its guidelines, the committee further said that the Games’ content should not be included in “Thank you” messages from players to their non-Olympic sponsors or shared or published on social/ accounts or websites of others.
Speaking specifically about blocking Thompson-Herah’s account, the IOCremoving unauthorized content was automatic, adding that the Rights Holding Broadcasters (RHBs) have exclusive rights to broadcast Games. These rights, the committee said, also include distribution on , where athletes can share the content RHBs provide on their accounts but cannot post competition content natively.