Instagram Changes ToS, May Sell Your Pictures and Info

Sharing that information means, of course, that your content and information could end up in ads. And before you ask, no, you will not get compensated for your artwork.

The Twittersphere reflected the global outrage over this ToS change, which will go in effect on January 16 and analysts are already discussing the possible end of Instagram. In fact, Instagram may have shot itself in the foot with a monetization model that is well beyond the comfort level even of those you are willing to share their private life with the world.

The most aggressive rules state that underage users are not exempt from the ToS change and Instagram admits that ads may not necessarily marked as ads, which opens the door to abuse of content. The only way to protect yourself from Instagram's monetization bonanza is to delete your account.

Of course, if you have thought about your participation in Instagram before, you could have guessed that Burbn, the publisher of the software, was not in the welfare business and even if the new owner Facebook offers free access to its social network, the company has to generate money to pay employees and the free ride we have come to expect has to end at some point. The Instagram case is just one example, even if it is a pretty aggressive one.



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  • spartanmk2
    Good thing I dont post pictures online...anywhere.
  • joytech22
    It's Facebook, what part of you DON'T they sell?
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  • spartanmk2
    Good thing I dont post pictures online...anywhere.
  • thecolorblue
    Taking user content and selling it like that is bull$#!%.

    that last paragraph is a product of cowardice.
  • sacre
    I don't get it anymore. Nothing about you is secure unless you just prevent using the internet at all. I'm not saying this is a bad thing really - if you don't do anything illegal than what do you have to worry about?

    So what, they have a picture of me smiling beside my ex, so what, they have my address info and my phone number - OMG they are going to go to my place and.......................... a..and................. oh thats right, i'm not doing anything illegal and there is no reason to even look in my direction.

    If you're doing illegal stuff, yea, worry, be paranoid.

    If not, who cares.