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Twitter Sports Commentary by the FCC

Published on October 20, 2010
by Jennifer Valentino-DeVries

We at Digits thought at first that it was a mistake. At 6:51 p.m., a tweet came over the Federal Communications Commission’s official Twitter feed: “Matt Cain relieved after 7 strong, 2 H, 0 ER. Giants scored on two singles, throwing error. SF up 3-0 top 9.”

Disregard the fact that someone here is so nerdy as to follow the FCC on Twitter. The situation was puzzling. We thought maybe the person in charge of the feed was mixed up about which account he or she was posting from. (Some of us here have done that exact thing before.) But no. It’s part of the FCC’s move to wade into the programming-fee dispute between Cablevision Systems and Fox Television, which is owned by News Corp., the same company that owns the Wall Street Journal.

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