If you are a user of Instagram like myself, then you probably noticed that your photo feed has been blowing up all day with doomsday reports of how Instagram is now able to sell your photos with it’s new updated terms of service. Hashtags are spreading like wild fires saying things like: #notforsale, #instagate, #facebookruinedinstagram and #shameonyouinstagram.
The most angry and adamant of the “end-is-near” Insta-town-criers were obviously parents, like myself, who post photos of their children on this social networking platform.
All morning long, people have been threatening to jump ship, but what’s the real deal with this new policy? Well, I happen to have a friend who works for Facebook, so I e-mailed him to find out what was going on.
Here is the new language in Instagram’s terms of service agreement that people were freaking out about:
So, basically people were worried that Instagram was planning to sell their photos to outside companies. But, my insider friend told me assured me that Instagram will never sell user photos and that the language in their new terms was taken out of context. He also referred me to the blog post Instagram had just put up , in which they state:
“Our intention in updating the terms was to communicate that we’d like to experiment with innovative advertising that feels appropriate on Instagram. Instead it was interpreted by many that we were going to sell your photos to others without any compensation. This is not true and it is our mistake that this language is confusing. To be clear: it is not our intention to sell your photos. We are working on updated language in the terms to make sure this is clear.”
Go read the rest of the post and put your minds at ease, but basically, the Instagram world as you know it is not ending. Although, for what it’s worth if this was that terribly upsetting to you, it may be worth your consideration to at the very least make your Instagram account private, because you never know where those photos of your kid could end up…just ask Babble’s own Buzz (AKA “Dad Camp”) – read about what happened to a photo of his little one. Just some food for thought.
Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble.
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