Posts Tagged ‘censorship’

In PR and the Media: June 19, 2012

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

A round-up of what’s trending in PR and the Media.

Google sees ‘alarming’ level of government censorship “Web giant says that in the past six months it received more than 1,000 requests from government officials for the removal of content. It complied with more than half of them.” (CNET News)


Post-hack, companies fire back with their own attacks “According to a new report, some companies that have fallen victim to hacking attacks have gone as far as hiring security firms to hack back.” (CNET News)


Apple Gives Podcasts a Gentle Push Out of iTunes “So why have podcasts disappeared from the new version of iTunes that Apple started showing to developers this week? Because Apple plans to give the recordings their own digital turf.” (AllThingsD)


As Facebook Rolls Out Ad Options, Retailers Pass “Facebook has been unveiling more options for companies to advertise through the social media site. However, Reuters reports today that many businesses have been eschewing paid options to do what they can to promote their biz for free.” (AllFacebook) 

Censorship and Social Media / PR

Monday, May 4th, 2009

flickr_photo_renchan_417720378_52b6990e4b_m.jpgSocial media censorship seems to be an oxymoron at first glance; after all, transparency and openness are key ingredients to social media.

Joan Stewart “the publicity hound” wrote not long ago about how she censors herself in social media.  She cites the horror stories we’ve all heard like the “Cisco Fatty” and the Memphis/FedEx incident.  All of which demonstrate valid reasons to use caution in social media. 

These folks would have been best served following Warren Buffet’s advice, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”

I believe we should all use cautionary transparency – especially if you are in the marketing, communications, public relations arena.  But we can go one step further and say particularly if you are in media relations. 

The Vermont Agency of Human Resources defines media relations as “the act of involvement with the various media for the purpose of informing the public of the department’s mission, policies and practices in a positive, consistent and credible manner.”

Is this definition correct?  In order to communicate to the media in a positive, consistent and credible manner, do you censor yourself?  Should you?  Why or why not?  Let’s discuss!