Gold medallist who shared race win gets blocked by Instagram


Instagram owner, Facebook Inc has confirmed that Elaine Thompson-Herah, olympic gold medallist sprinter was mistakenly blocked on Instagram

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

Herah’s access to the app was returned several hours later.

There are strict copyright regulations on sharing content from the Games online.

Thompson-Herah said on Twitter that she was obstructed from accessing her account because she posted videos that she “did not have the right to do so”.

Speaking to Reuters news agency, spokesperson for Facebook said that while the content had been eliminated, the suspension had been mistakenly applied.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) guidelines rule that athletes must not share Olympic Games content involving audio and video of the sporting event or medal ceremony.

Elaine Thompson-Herah

This is because a set number of broadcasters hold exclusive rights to broadcast the Games. Their rights include distribution on social media.

But athletes “are invited to share the content” posted by these broadcasters on their accounts, the IOC told Reuters.

Any content that violates these rules is removed instantly. It is not obvious where the footage the sprinter posted came from.

For the time period that includes the 2018 Pyeongchang winter Olympics and the Tokyo Games, the IOC is set to receive more than $4bn (£2.8bn) in broadcasting rights.

The majority of the money goes back into the Games and supporting sports and athletes.

Thompson-Herah maintained an unprecedented 100m – 200m double-double. She recorded 21.53 seconds in the 200m, just 0.19 seconds off Florence Griffith-Joyner’s long-standing world record.

Thompson-Herah is fixed to compete on Friday in the 4x100m relay final.



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