White House will allow photos on tours, but no 'selfie sticks'
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Selfie lovers, rejoice — the White House is lifting a photo ban on public tours that’s been in place for more than four decades.

The move, announced Wednesday morning and effective immediately, will allow visitors to snap photos as they make their way through 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

“Guests are now welcome to take photos throughout the White House tour route and keep those memories for a lifetime,” a statement said.


Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama looks to mobilize voters for midterms We must mount an all-country response to help our Afghan allies Obamas, Bushes and Clintons joining new effort to help Afghan refugees MORE revealed the change of policy in a Wednesday morning Instagram post, appearing in a video ripping up a sign that reads, “No photos or social media allowed.”

“If you’ve been on a White House tour, you may have seen this sign,” she said holding up the piece of paper. “Well, not anymore,” she exclaims as she tears it apart.

The White House, which said the ban has been in place more than 40 years, encouraged tour takers in a statement “to share their experience using the hashtag #WhiteHouseTour.”

Among the items now permitted on the tour: phones and compact still cameras with a lens 3 inches long or less.

While photos are now allowed, the White House notes photography “may not interfere with the enjoyment of other guests on the tour.” And video cameras, cameras with detachable lenses, tablets, tripods, monopods and camera sticks are all still no-no’s on the tour.