Instagram, Facebook’s latest acquisition has stirred the pot by updating its privacy giving them the right to sell users’ photos without payment or notification.
The new policy which goes into effect on January 16, 2013, will essentially create a revenue stream for the popular photo-sharing site giving them the right to license all public Instagram photos taken by users.
Here is the kicker, unless Instagram users delete their accounts before the deadline, there is no way to opt out of this policy. And even if a user deletes their account after the deadline, Instagram has the right to use the photos citing, ”non-exclusive and fully sublicensable right” to do what they please with the photo.
Here are just some questions that come to mind after reading their new terms of service:
- With G+, the new MySpace and other forms of social communication, why would Instagram or Facebook for that matter think that it is a good idea to go take this stance against the millions of users currently using their service?
- Could this be the end of the fun photo-sharing site as we know it?
- Will Facebook decay in light of this new change?
- How will the FTC react to this new policy?
I understand the need for Instagram to make money, but since are these corporations above the law and freely take as they please?
Many other questions come to mind, but I would like you to share your opinion with us. How will the news of this policy change affect how you use Instagram and view Facebook?