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Michelle Obama Tears Up Policy Banning Photos on White House Tours


A decades-old policy that bans visitors from taking photos during tours of the White House has finally come to an end. In a video posted to Instagram and YouTube Wednesday morning, First Lady Michelle Obama made the official policy change announcement by literally tearing up a sign that read, “No Photos or Social Media Allowed.”

“We’re proud to announce that starting today, you can take photos throughout the house and keep those memories for a lifetime,” the first lady said. According to the YouTube description, the change is intended to be “part of an ongoing effort to make the Obama Administration the most open and transparent White House in history.”

But there are still some pretty strict rules in place:

Permitted Items: Phones and compact still cameras with a lens no longer than 3 inches are allowed inside the White House. Photography is permitted but may not interfere with the enjoyment of other guests on the tour.

Prohibited Items: Video cameras, including any action camcorders, cameras with detachable lenses, tablets, tripods, monopods, and camera sticks are not permitted on White House Tours. Flash photography and livestreaming are not permitted while on the tour.

So, while they are encouraging visitors to share photos with the hashtag #WhiteHouseTour, they do not want anyone secretly Periscoping their experience for the world.

And yes, the selfies have already started:

When @whitehouse lifts the photo ban, you obviously have to #selfie. #WhiteHouseTour

A photo posted by Kelly Sharon (@kellylovestype) on

Watch video below, via The White House:

[Photo via screengrab]

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