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Places around the world that have banned selfies

People love taking selfies.

“Braggies”—or selfies taken in locations to your friends and family jealous —have overtaken our social media feeds.

But the process of how they were taken has been criticized of late. How can you enjoy the eiffel tower if you are spending 30 minutes snapping pictures of yourself at the base? That waving selfie sticks—or “selfish-sticks”are seen as narcissistic, and trying to take the perfect picture can be downright dangerous, if these people who fell of a cliff trying to take a photo of themselves.

That is the reason why some popular destinations are discouraging selfies, or a prohibition on the without more.

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    Iran: No photos with fans

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    When you spot your favorite celeb, practically nothing beats that once-in-a-lifetime chance to snap a photo. But fans of Iran’s football team must be careful. Ali Akbar Mohamedzade, head of the Iranian football federation’s moral committee, an order that forbids players, coaches and other team staff from posing with female fans. The conservative country is wary of the players posing with women who do not adhere to strict codes of Islamic dress or those who use the photos for political gain or even sue the players for harassment.

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    South Korea: Selfie-stick ban

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    Since the front of the phone with a camera, perhaps no invention has been more revolutionary to the art of the selfie the selfie-stick.

    While Instagram enthusiasts are showing off their selfie-stick photos in droves, one country is not so happy with them In November, the South Korean authorities banned the use of certain selfie-sticks considering the fact that the Bluetooth signal of non-licensed sticks cause in other devices, such as mobile phones, may interfere. Those who sell or import unauthorized brands can be faced with a fine of up to € 30,000, or up to three years in prison.

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    London: Locations ban “selfish-sticks”

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    Nothing ruins a good time at a concert quite like someone sitting in front of you waving a big sign in the artist, the whole set. Select locations such as the O2 Arena and the Brixton Academy in Great Britain have started to ban people from using selfie sticks during events to prevent people from blocking the stage.

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    Saudi Arabia: No selfies in Mecca

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    Young Muslims making their Hajj pilgrimages to Mecca have been sharing their journey with followers all over the world. While some may see this as proclamation of the faith, Islamic clergy have issued a warning against taking selfies. Some religious leaders say is aimed at aligning the perfect shot is a distraction from the prayers, rituals, and self-reflection necessary to fully engage in the experience.

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    Pamplona, Spain: not the risk of being run over

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    Some people would actually risk to be beaten to death if it means that they could get the perfect selfie. That is the reason why officials in Pamplona have banned tourists from taking selfies during the annual running of the bulls festival for runners who traverse through the narrow city streets as angry bulls, costs that are directly behind them. Last year, a participant received a fine of $4,100 for taking a photo during the run of the animals.

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    Garoupe, France: “No Braggie Zone”

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    Last summer this tourist laden beach in Southern France created “No Braggie Zones” to cut down on beach-goers spamming their friends feeds with seaside snaps. The beach was reportedly even patrolled by Holiday Spam Police this past August. No word on whether the beach will be the continuation of the tradition of this summer, but there are plenty of other beaches in the world where tourists can take a hot dog leg photos and show off their sandy toes.

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    New York: Animal selfies are illegal

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    Here at home, selfies with certain animals will actually be forbidden by the law. In Feb., New York will be the first state outlow pose for a photo with a lion, tiger or other big cats. The measure was passed on the protection of wild animals and the people who love them—if people started posting more and more photos in the close proximity of these animals.

    Maybe the ban should be extended to the primates. A sneaky monkey recently picked up a fistul of a tourist’s hair as she tried to take a nice photo while on vacation.

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