The International Olympic Committee is threatening participants in this summer's London Games with tough penalties if they fire off thoughtless tweets and Facebook messages. The warning includes vague injunctions against social posts that violate the "fundamental principles of Olympism," and more specific warnings against using social media to promote brands that aren't official sponsors. "If you don't abide by the regulations, you can be punished. Being an Olympian is a privilege, not a right," lawyer Brad Shear says.
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