Get ready Instagrammers! The Obama administration has lifted a 40-year ban that prohibited White House visitors on tours from snapping pictures.
First Lady Michelle Obama announced the move, posting a video on Instagram that showed her ripping up a sign that read “No Photos or Social Media Allowed / Your Cooperation is appreciated.”
Touting the move, the White House said visitors were welcome to take photos throughout the White House tour route and “keep those memories for a lifetime.” It’s also encouraging sharing with the hashtag #WhiteHouseTour.
There are still rules: Phones and compact still cameras with a lens no longer than 3 inches are allowed inside the White House and photography should not “interfere with the enjoyment of other guests on the tour.”
And, like Disney World, the White House is banning selfie sticks. Other prohibited items include video cameras, including action camcorders, cameras with detachable lenses, tablets, tripods and monopods. Flashphotography and livestreaming also are not permitted while on the tour.