Reporters covering the 2014 Sochi Winter Games in February will not be tweeting, Instagramming, Vining, or Pinteresting the Olympics because they stand to be stripped of their access if they are caught using their iPhone or any other amateur gadgets to post photos.
At a seminar for sports reporters covering the games on Friday, Vasily Konov, the state-run RIA's top sports journalist, made clear any time a journalist is caught using their phone to capture the Games in real time it "will be considered a serious violation and will result in cancellation of accreditation." RIA's sports division handles accreditation for Sochi. Only photographers will special passes and appropriate equipment — proper SLR and digital video cameras — will be able to document the action. "The organizers, of course, will not affect the usual crowd," Konov told the gathered reporters, but assured them organizers would punish those who are caught.
(Update, 2:51 p.m.: Talk about receiving mixed messages! International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams tells USA Today's For The Win that sharing pictures and videos on social media will not only be allowed, but encouraged. The horror! "Please take as many photos as you like!" Adams said. "Sharing pix on social media positively (is) encouraged.")