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SBD Global/September 2, 2014/Media

Ryder Cup Organizers Introduce Social Media Restrictions At Gleneagles Event

Open Championship winner Rory McIlroy could find himself "on the wrong side of the law if he tweets another 'selfie' from the Ryder Cup," according to the London TELEGRAPH. The competition organizers "introduced a ban on uploading photographs" to the Internet via social media during the event at Gleneagles in Scotland later this month. No audio or video capture is permitted at all during the six-day event as the Professional Golfers’ Association of America and the PGA European Tour "want to make sure their image is intact, and players are not distracted." Social media expert professor Sarah Pedersen, of Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, said that "the regulation may be difficult to enforce." She said of the Ryder Cup ban, “It is something we will see an increase in. There are all sorts of reasons behind this, to do with sponsorship.” While texting is allowed, and calls in designated areas, mobile phones "must be in silent mode at all times." Other prohibitions include "a ban on autographs, running, personal mobility scooters and children under five" (TELEGRAPH, 8/31).
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