LONDON Jan 6 Volunteers working at the
London Olympics have been warned not to give away breaking news
about athletes or disclose the location of politicians and
celebrities through online comments or pictures posted on social
Organisers are in the process of recruiting 70,000 unpaid
volunteers to help run the Games from July 27-August 12.
Britain said last month that it would provide up to 13,500
troops to protect the Games after organisers said security
needed to be doubled. As well as the athletes, many world
leaders traditionally visit the Games at some point.
Organisers are also keen to ensure that sponsors who help to
fund the Olympics are the only companies able to market their
brands at venues.
A spokesman for the London Organising Committee said that
security was one concern, but that it was normal for
organisations to explain how workers should use social media.
"We understand that many of our Games Makers (volunteers)
will want to use social media to share their exciting
experiences at London 2012 with their friends and family," the
"As is standard in most organisations, we have provided some
practical guidelines to give basic advice on interacting in a
social media environment with the aim of protecting the
interests of our workforce and operation," he added.
(Reporting by Keith Weir)