The Drama with Instagram

1Since this past Monday, people have been hooping and hollaring and calling foul to Instagram’s Terms of Service change starting on January 16th.  Even A Thrifty Mom is recommending readers to remove their pictures from Instagram.

In a nutshell, Instagram is saying that they have the right to sell your Instagram content to the highest bidder without compensation to you or your permission.

I have to be honest, I am not into the whole Social Media thing that is like way too of my life on the internet.  However, I do understand the lure of it all.

Terms of Service:

1. Instagram does not claim ownership of any Content that you post on or through the Service. Instead, you hereby grant to Instagram a non-exclusive, fully paid and royalty-free, transferable, sub-licensable, worldwide license to use the Content that you post on or through the Service, except that you can control who can view certain of your Content and activities on the Service as described in the Service’s Privacy Policy, available here:

2. 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. If you are under the age of eighteen (18), or under any other applicable age of majority, you represent that at least one of your parents or legal guardians has also agreed to this provision (and the use of your name, likeness, username, and/or photos (along with any associated metadata)) on your behalf.

3. You acknowledge that we may not always identify paid services, sponsored content, or commercial communications as such.