Strict restrictions put in place for Obama event in Boston

A speech by former President Obama on Friday hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) features strict rules barring attendees from sharing images and videos on social media. 

An email sent to attendees of the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston says that attendees of the “conversation with Obama” are barred from live streaming, sharing photos and video and any other content from the event on public platforms, the Boston Globe reports.


“Following the panel, the sharing or reporting of its contents on public platforms, including social media, will not be permitted,” the notice reads. “Those who fail to adhere to this policy will be subject to removal from the conference and denied tickets to future SSAC conferences.”

“This policy applies to all attendees, credentialed media included,” a second email added after the Boston Globe asked for comment.

A spokesperson for the conference told the Globe that the former president “will discuss his time in office and the next chapter of his life,” but gave few details as to what specific things Obama will mention.

Obama’s comments in Boston will come one day after he praised the survivors of last week’s mass shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school, calling it “inspiring” to see the students of the school rally against gun violence in the days following the shooting.”

“Young people have helped lead all our great movements. How inspiring to see it again in so many smart, fearless students standing up for their right to be safe; marching and organizing to remake the world as it should be. We’ve been waiting for you. And we’ve got your backs,” Obama tweeted Thursday.

His speech also comes days after President Trump attacked him for not doing more to stop Russian election interference that allegedly began under his administration.

An indictment filed by special counsel Robert Mueller alleges that Russians began their operation to meddle in the 2016 election as early as 2014.

“Obama was President up to, and beyond, the 2016 Election. So why didn’t he do something about Russian meddling?” Trump tweeted Monday.

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