In previous years, the public was banned from takingphotographs with a camera phone or small camera inside 1600Pennsylvania Avenue. But visitors will now be in with the chance of taking the perfect selfie (as longas it's not with a selfie stick) at the White House now that the ban has been lifted.
First Lady Michelle Obama made the announcement about the change of policy in a video postedto her Instagram account. 'If you've been on a White House tour, you may have seen this sign,'she says holding up a piece of paper. 'Well, not anymore,' she says smiling as she tears it apart.The sign had been displayed during tour hours and read 'no photos or social media allowed.'
The White House said in a statement: 'Guests are now welcome to take photos throughout theWhite House tour route and keep those memories for a lifetime.' The long-standing ban ends onJuly 1, and from that point on guests will be able to start using phone cameras and compact stillcameras.
Embracing the increasing importance of social media, The White House is even encouraging peoplewho visit the house to share their experience on Twitter using the hashtag #WhiteHouseTour.'Official guidelines state that guests will be able to use phones and compact still cameras with a lenswith three inches or less.
But The White House warns that visitors must ensure that their photography does not interferewith the enjoyment of other guests on the tour. And while it gave no specific reason for thesudden change there are still a few things that guests are not permitted to do. Video cameras,including action camcorders, cameras with detachable lenses, tablets, tripods, monopods andcamera sticks are not allowed. Flash photography and live-streaming are also still prohibited.