Let there be selfies: Ryder Cup hosts backtrack on social media ban, wash the taste of foot from their mouths
Well, that was short lived. Just a day after sparking outrage by attempting to ban posting photos to social media during this year's Ryder Cup competition, the event's organizers have thoroughly backtracked on that stance.
A statement issued today by the European hosts read, "Social media interaction, photography and the sharing of content are all going to be encouraged at The 2014 Ryder Cup. Ryder Cup Europe has moved to reassure spectators that they 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."
The obviously embarrassed hosts go on to explain all the ways that the Ryder Cup will be a technologically progressive affair, including the use of RFID wristbands to "allow spectators to take part in fun activities around the course" and the event's efforts in conjunction with Scottish Government and mobile carriers "to provide ultrafast 4G wireless connections across the venue."
The event will, however, maintain the customary ban on photographs taken during play – which effectively means while nearby players are hitting a shot. The goal of this policy, according to organizers, is "to avoid disrupting players and to enable a clear line of sight for all spectators." While not the most popular policy among fans, this one is at least tolerable and within the realm of reason.
Match Director Edward Kitson added, "We want people to share their stories online and feel part of The Ryder Cup. ... Selfies are positively encouraged and I expect to see plenty of them during the event."