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Michigan's Won't Ban Social Media

January 17, 2013

Mark Snyder

Michigan freshman guard Nik Stauskas received significant criticism on Twitter after his scoreless game at Ohio State and told Yahoo! how he stepped away from the social media for a period after the game.

U-M coach John Beilein was asked at his press conference today if he is revisiting his players' social media guidelines in light of the backlash.

"We revisit it often," Beilein said. "You've got to understand, when you're working to have 1,000, 5,000, 10,000 followers, there's going to be some haters in there. It's just like reading a blog but it's your own blog.

"I'm not a big tweet guy. I tried it, I gave it my best and mine's on an as-needed basis now. There's a lot. Today's generation puts their stuff out there. They break up with their boyfriend, they put it on Facebook and everybody knows. That's the way they are and there's a downside to that that you have to experience to understand. We educated them but everybody's different. We're not going to tie their hands and say you're not going to tweet. We're going to say, you've got to understand it's probably a good idea to be really conservative with some of the things you tweet as far as your life, whether it's your girlfriend or whatever, be conservative."

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