Ryder Cup retracts social-media ban, says tournament is a selfie-safe zone

Ryder Cup retracts social-media ban, says tournament is a selfie-safe zone

Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy at the second preview day of the 39th 2012 Ryder Cup in Medinah, Illinois.
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After banning the use of websites like Facebook and Twitter to upload photos from the tournament, Ryder Cup officials backtracked on that policy Wednesday, releasing a statement on the tournament website saying spectators “will be allowed to take photos and video on their mobile phones during the event, and will be encouraged to share their experiences on social networks."

Added Edward Kitson, Match Director of the 2014 event: "Selfies are positively encouraged and I expect to see plenty of them during the event."

This is a far cry from what the team behind the biennial competition said in the Telegraph last weekend:

"The rules also state: 'Images taken with a camera, mobile phone or other electronic device cannot be used for any purpose other than for private and domestic purposes. You must not sell, license, publish (including, without limitation, via Twitter or Facebook or any other social media site) or otherwise commercially exploit photographs.'"

Social media fans rejoice! With the Ryder Cup a selfie-safe zone once more, everyone can breathe a sigh of relief that Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Ian Poulter will occupy their rightful places in our newsfeeds.

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