Liam McLeod is a BBC sports journalist based in Scotland. His tweet this morning about new Twitter guidelines imposed by his employer had followers and fans flabbergasted:
— Scott Stevenson (@scott7stevenson) May 2, 2012
so, due to new BBC guidelines twitter becomes a broadcast only channel with no responses or RT's – so the point of that is?
— Nick Chinn (@NRCUK) May 2, 2012
Strange strategy. RT @BBCLiamMcLeod: Hi folks, due to new BBC Twitter guidelines, responding to individuals and RTs can no longer happen.
— Hanson Dodge (@hansondodge) May 2, 2012
How long before BBC Sport Scotland reverses its Twitter guidelines…? 3, 2, 1…
— Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch) May 2, 2012
BBC Central journos rushed to clarify that their guidelines haven’t changed:
Central BBC news Twitter guidance is unchanged. Retweets & replies are encouraged. Our guidelines are here: http://t.co/QWRYkDCL
— Sophie Brendel (@sophiebr) May 2, 2012
But there’s still an unanswered question lingering:
Which begs the question, why does BBC Scotland Sport need to have tighter Twitter guidelines than political journalists in London???
— Stephen Baines (@spbaines) May 2, 2012