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User Outrage Forces Instagram to Withdraw New Policy
Well, that was fast. Regarding the changes to Instagram’s content policies that I posted just last night, it seems they are already doing full damage-control.
The new policy, which basically stated that Instagram would be able to distribute your photos/content any way they saw fit and didn’t need to pay you for it, outraged everyone. Many people just decided to cancel their accounts or stop using the service altogether.
Apparently, it caused such a stir that the social media site had to just outright rewrite the policy.
(some areas are emphasized for relevance)
- 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.
I don’t know about you, but I have no trouble understanding the wording in those conditions. It clearly states that you grant them rights to use your content, that they can be paid to do so and that you don’t get any of it. They can say they meant something else, but I’m a bit skeptical about that claim.
So Instagram may have just had a big “oops” moment, or maybe they’re just trying to play it off like they didn’t mean it in order to quell the rage of the users. But, regardless of why they are rebuking the stated policy change, it’s clear that things aren’t going to play out that way now. So if you were thinking about canceling your Instagram account, you may have reason to reconsider.
It’s good to see that some companies still value the opinion of their users. Just remember this event if another social media site ever seems to be taking advantage of its members. Instagram tried to do it, but we didn’t stand for it.
And we never should.