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Students demand Facebook ban

Social networking is a bandwidth hog

Students at Bournemouth University have asked for access to social networks such as Facebook and micro-blogging site Twitter to be banned.

The University's Student Union said final-year students can't get enough work done as other students are hogging the PCs purely so they can visit social networking sites.

However, the University said Facebook is "often used as collaborative tool for students and sometimes lecturers to share course-related information" making it difficult to identify if the site was being used for academic or social reasons.

"The use of computers by students to access Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, etc, is not forbidden or restricted."

The Student Union said it planned to display polite notices on all PCs asking social networking to be kept to a minimum.

"Having said that, we do support the Student Union's forthcoming campaign to request or suggest that students using Facebook and other social network sites be aware of the needs of their fellow students and step aside when appropriate to give those with immediate academic needs a priority," the University said.

See also: University offers course in Twitter


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