White House to allow photos, social media on public tours

The White House says visitors can now take photos or use social media during public tours of the building.

That announcement comes from Michelle Obama in a video posted on her Instagram account. She’s seen ripping in half a sign that’s been displayed during tour hours and says “no photos or social media allowed.”

The long-standing ban is ending Wednesday, when guests can start using phone cameras and compact still cameras.

No reason is being given for the change.

Still banned are video cameras, including action camcorders, cameras with detachable lenses, tablets, tripods, monopods and camera sticks.

Flash photography and live-streaming also remain prohibited.

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.