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New rules from the Academy put tight limits on how Oscar campaigns can use social media.

The Oscars organizers have introduced fresh regulations for the next version of the awards ceremony, which includes limits on promotional activities following the To Leslie campaign scandal that occurred earlier this year.

The changes include limits on the number of hosted screenings before nominations, the full elimination of them post-nominations, and the elimination of physical outreach as campaigns go more virtual.

The new rules also define what Academy members can and cannot say when speaking to voters, and there is now a clear process for reporting campaign violations.

“The Academy has revised these promotional regulations for the 96th Oscars to bring clarity, fairness, and transparency to how motion picture companies and individuals directly associated with awards-eligible motion pictures may promote such motion pictures,” says the statement from the Academy.

The new rules handle where the To Leslie campaign may have overstepped. Social media outreach is also now more limited, and members cannot use social media to “encourage or discourage members to vote for any motion picture, performance, or achievement”.

The To Leslie nomination led to accusations that the grassroots campaign for the film had violated laws set by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, which ban reaching out to Academy members directly to promote a movie during the Oscars voting phase.

The penalties for violating any of these rules have been clarified, along with the process to file a complaint, and include revoking voting rights, rescinding an Oscar nomination, and expelling a member from the Academy