Are you OK with Instagram using your photos in ads without your consent? After January 16 you may not have a choice.
In what some are calling “Instagram’s suicide note” the photo-sharing company announced that it was changing its terms of service and well, the Internet is not happy about it. Back in April as and when the company revealed that it had been bought by Facebook for $1 Billion, IG users knew it wouldn’t be long before everything that made the app successful would be taken away, or at least changed.
We put together the three things you need to know about Instagram’s new privacy policies in case you’re like me and didn’t read them entirely the first time I saw it on my news feed.
1. As of now, there is no opt-out to this policy. If you don’t agree to the terms, the only option you have is to delete your account by January 16. So for those of you who think making your account private will put you in the clear, think again.
2. You still own your own photos. However, Instagram just has the right to use your photos whenever they see fit.
3. You will not be notified if the company decides to use your photos. Chances are you’ll probably never know if your image or likeness was used. Yep..that means you could be browsing a website and see your photo in an Instagram ad somewhere on the site. I’m not sure how I feel about this…especially because it could be any random photo.
The social media app also says that users have to now be at least 13 and no bad word is allowed on the site.
Here’s the actual policy change that has everyone on edge:
“Some or all of the Service may be supported by advertising revenue. To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you.
You acknowledge that we may not always identify paid services, sponsored content, or commercial communications as such.”
As for me, I don’t have plans to delete my account because I need it to promote this website and my other projects. I already planned to limit my personal use of social media anyway, but as a blogger I can’t just delete it. If there is no opt-out of this policy by the time it takes effect, when I do use Instagram for personal reasons, I’ll just be a little bit more cautious in what I post.
As for the photos that are already on my account, I just have to cross my fingers and hope my nieces and grandma don’t appear in any ads.
Are you OK with Instagram using your photos without notifying or compensating you? Do you plan to delete your account?