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NFL: No Tweeting for Players, Media, Officials

The Associated Press (via ESPN) reports that the National Football League officially banned its players from using social networks during game time. More specifically, players may not use Twitter, Facebook, or other social media applications ninety minutes before kickoff and during the game. Players are thus allowed to Tweet away after the game following the traditional media interviews.

However, according to the report, the ban isn't anything new, and now the NFL is broadening its social rule to other game-related groups. In addition to restricting players from using social applications, anyone else representing the player for personal Twitter, Facebook or any other social media account are now banned as well. The restrictions also apply to the press and other media attending the game, preventing them from sending updates via Facebook and other outlets.

"Longstanding policies prohibiting play-by-play descriptions of NFL games in progress apply fully to Twitter and other social media platforms," the NFL said in its statement. "Internet sites may not post detailed information that approximates play-by-play during a game."

The NFL originally implemented the ban after players began using the social applications during touchdown celebrations.