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Twitter, Embargoes, and Breaking News - MasterMaq.ca Blog
At the end of March, Global Edmonton's Lynda Steele, one of our city's most prominent media Twitterers, abruptly said goodbye and deleted her account. She suggested that Global was consolidating accounts, which understandably raised the ire of many local users (for more check out Adam's post). Last week, a different truth emerged, thanks to a tweet from CBC's John Archer. He posted this PDF (archive) of a letter sent from the provincial government's Public Affairs Bureau to Global Edmonton (it has been clicked more than 550 times). In it, PAB Managing Director Lee Funke informs Global Edmonton that for breaking the budget embargo, they would be denied access to any embargoed information until the end of 2010. Lynda was the one who broke the embargo, by posting tweets before the 3:20 PM budget address, so that's likely why she left Twitter (though there may be other reasons too). Much has already been written about whether or not the decision is warranted, and even whether or not we