Twitter gets creative to avoid Olympic GIF ban
The people are opposing back with GIFs.
The International Olympic Committee’s ban on GIFing the opening ceremony on Friday night has led to people get creative with their Twitter feeds. As the events unfolded live on TV, reaction GIFs flooded Twitter. Occasionally, a sneaky snippet of the ceremony in Rio, Brazil slipped through.
The ban has caused an almost-total media blackout on social media a weird thing to happen in 2016. Turns out, Twitter is a strange place to hang out when everyone is talking about a live event but no one knows what it actually looks like.
The strict rules are apparently to prevent spectators watching footage outside of the official broadcast. In America, NBC paid a whopping $1.2 billion for the rights, so without doubt wants to make sure the internet dwellers abide by its rules.
“The use of Olympic Material transformed into graphic animated formats such as animated GIFs( i.e. GIFV ), GFY, WebM, or short video formats such as Vines and others, is expressly prohibited, ” the Olympic rules state .
So what does the internet do when it can’t do what it wants? It acts out. In GIF form. You can take our GIFs but you can’t take our creativity.
When people were doing Parkour everywhere.
When they started talking climate change.
Jason Anthony Tetro (@ JATetro) August 5, 2016
Mic (@ mic) August 6, 2016
UNBREAKABLE CAMI (@ TorisNormani) August 6, 2016
Jo (@ pinnerjo) August 5, 2016
When Gisele was strolling across the length of the stadium.
Emmie (@ carpediememmie) August 5, 2016
When the floor was transformed into QBert.
Julio Cap, Jr. (@ JulioCapoJr) August 6, 2016
Troy Hughes (@ TommySledge) August 6, 2016
Alive In Philly (@ AliveInPhilly) August 6, 2016
When Judi Dench did a voiceover.
Nicola MacLeod (@ nicolammacleod) August 5, 2016
When the teams arrived in the stadium.
What’s Trending (@ WhatsTrending) August 6, 2016
Ashley Parks (@ AshleyParks) August 5, 2016
Mashable GIF (@ mashablegif) August 6, 2016
When a plane flies out of the stadium.
JR.papito (@ JRpapitoZA) August 5, 2016
When the psychedelic nightmare happened.
Lou (@ gironimo7 07) August 5, 2016
When it continued.
Deb Kaz (@ debthelitigator) August 5, 2016
1800 CIAN-4U (@ CianOMahony) August 5, 2016
Amanda (@ TinkonBrink) August 5, 2016
And when they danced.
Sheri Shannon (@ SheriShannon2 7) August 5, 2016
Anne Li (@ annemiaoli) August 6, 2016
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