Instagram blocks gold medallist who shared race win

Instagram blocks gold medallist who shared race win
She was blocked from the app for sharing videos of the Games. Source: BBC
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Daily US Times: Facebook has confirmed that the Olympic gold medallist sprinter Elaine Thompson-Herah was mistakenly blocked on Instagram.

Facebook Inc is the owner of Instagram.

Thompson-Herah, the fastest woman in the world, was blocked on Instagram on Tuesday for sharing videos from her 100 and 200 metre races on her account.

Her access to Instagram was reinstated several hours later.

There are strict copyright restrictions on sharing content from the Tokyo Olympics online.

Thompson-Herah tweeted that she was blocked from accessing her Instagram account because she posted videos that she “did not have the right to do so”.

A Facebook spokesperson said that while the content had been removed, the suspension had been wrongly applied, Reuters news agency reported.

According to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) guidelines, athletes must not post Olympic Games content containing video and audio of the sporting event or medal ceremony.

The strict guidelines were introduced because a set number of broadcasters hold exclusive rights to broadcast the Olympics. Their rights include distribution of contents on social media.

However, the IOC said athletes “are invited to share the content” posted by these broadcasters on their accounts.

Any content published on internet that breaks these rules is removed immediately. It’s unclear where the footage the gold medallist sprinter posted came from.

For the time period that includes the Tokyo Games and the 2018 Pyeongchang winter Olympics, the IOC is set to receive more than $4bn in broadcasting rights. The majority of the money goes back into the Games and athletes and supporting sports.

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