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White House to allow photographs

Published 01/07/2015

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

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 is seen ripping in half a sign that has been displayed during tour hours and says "no photos or social media allowed".

The long-standing ban ends today, 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.

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