NEW YORK — For the first time in league history, a player is now prohibited from appearing on the official Facebook page of his team.
NFL teams, including the New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers, have adopted the new rules, which are intended to combat what the league called “fake news.”
The league’s decision to use Facebook was announced Wednesday by Commissioner Roger Goodell, who told reporters that the new rule could help prevent a repeat of the recent scandals that rocked the league.
“We have seen the problems that have plagued our league in recent months, and we have to deal with it,” Goodell said.
“So it was important that we have this new rule, and that it was adopted in a manner that was as effective as possible.”
In the case of the 49ers and the Jets, the new restrictions are more restrictive than those currently in place.
Players who do not play for the 49er franchise or Jets can’t post pictures on the team’s official Facebook account.
The NFLPA is appealing the new measures, and NFL Commissioner Roger Emmert told reporters Wednesday that the league is taking a wait-and-see approach with the issue.
“It’s certainly not something that I’m anticipating that we’ll see immediately.
It’s something that we’re going to evaluate over time,” he said.
In the meantime, the NFL has been issuing new guidelines to players on social media, including limiting the number of times a player can post a message or post a photo on his own page.
“The issue is that these are social media tools that are used by people who use them,” Goodell told reporters.
“What you can do is, like, post it, and it’ll be there.
That’s how we are approaching this.”
As the NFL tries to curb the spread of fake news and misinformation on social platforms, the commissioner said that players and teams are already working to keep their players informed on the status of the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election and the NFL’s handling of the anthem protests.
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