The White House, allows social media activity while on tour at the White House executive mansion.
Tourist social media activity on mobile device; taking photos, recording videos, social networking, tweeting, and selfie for Facebook status are now allowed for the first time.
If you are excited to take a selfie inside the white house for your online social update, Well, it’s now open to bring out your cellphone or camera and say “cheese.”
First Lady Michelle Obama announced the changes of policy, in a video posted Wednesday on Instagram. Tourist in the executive mansion is now allowed to take photos for the first time in more than four decades.
“If you’ve been on a White House tour, you may have seen this sign,” she says, holding up a signage that states “No Photos or Social Media Allowed.” ”Well, not anymore,” she adds, and then torn the sign in half.
The Secret Service has enforced the ban in the past 40 years to protect the president from potential security breaches.
Ban was lifted because changes in camera technology make it possible to take high-quality photos using less light. Strong light can ruin some pigments used in art work at the White House.
Tourist who arrived on Wednesday were very busy taking pictures since it was the first day that the first lady announced that taking pictures is now allowed.
The White House is encouraging people in social media activity to post images of stops on the tour on social media with the hashtag #WhiteHouseTour.
Even cameras are now permitted on the tours, some remain banned as cameras with lenses longer than 3 inches. According to a tourist, “We’re so excited,” who was celebrating her birthday with a White House tour with her family.
They saw a morning news about the announcement of the first lady, so they brought their camera, she said.