For years one of the fronts that social media advocates battled was the freedom to tweet at meetings. A number of meetings (we are looking at you ATC) were less than welcoming. I suspect many conferences were used to selling access to the meeting to people who did not participate through video tape, audio recordings or other means and they saw the social media coverage as unnecessary competition.
Why let bloggers and social media gadfly provide for free what we can sell.
Conferences are also typically run by people not on social media and who are unfamiliar with the norms of those communities. Organizers paraded excuses of academic purity and protecting authors. The issues are well documented here.
This all bubbled over last week at the American Diabetes Association national meeting in San Diego (#2017ADA). The organizers tried to enforce a no pictures policy:
One take down notice, lead to another, lead to another and suddenly the @AmDiabetesAssn feed was nothing but take down notices:
Hey ADA, why even have a hashtag and twitter presence for #2017ADA ? Information wants to be free. Welcome thanks the modern age!
— Swapnil Hiremath, MD (@hswapnil) June 9, 2017
Linda Cann, the association’s senior vice president, was quoted by Liz Neporent, ” The association will be reevaluating the policy after the meeting is over”
I’ve been chair of the sci sessions oversight comm- its the docs who decide policy – till now presenters wanted protection. It will change
— Lou Philipson (@lphilipson) June 11, 2017