On December 17th Declan Mcullagn wrote an article on Instagram’s new policy shift. The new policy states that it has the rights to sell users photographs without warning or payment. Instagram, recently acquired by Facebook, policy will not be affective until January 16th. Giving customers a little less then a month to delete their accounts. The article compares the new policy to a giant Istockphoto, where companies can access the photos for advertisement purposes. What company wouldn’t want access to real life images of interaction between customers and their products? In addition to this, if photos are uploaded after January 16th Facebook can legally sell these images. Facebook stated “a business or other entity may pay us to display your… photos… in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you.”
This article was then updated on December 18th at 2:50 pm stating, due to user revolt Instagram has back down. The website didn’t really have a choice, similar websites such as Google owned snapspeed, seem to care more about their users by protecting their rights. Snapspeed users own their files and all of their photos. It truly shows how social media users can accept or reject the actions of a website.
According to CNet.com in regards to the sudden change Instagram Chief executive,Kevin Systrom states “”our mistake that this language is confusing” and that the company is “working on updated language. Since making these changes, we’ve heard loud and clear that many users are confused and upset about what the changes mean,”
It will be interesting to see how this brief gap of judgment will have any effect on instagram users. For a community that willingly post pictures of themselves, I find it strange for so many people to be upset about their lack of privacy. Perhaps a more trustworthy company like Google will take over with Snapspeed.