CNET posted an article yesterday stating that effective on January 16, 2013, “Instagram … has the perpetual right to sell users’ photographs without payment or notification…”
Not cool, Instagram. Under the ownership of Facebook, the parent company is claiming rights to license all public Instagram posts to other companies and organizations. That includes advertisers. And those that belong to Instagram, whose photos are getting used, get nothing. Facebook collects any income from selling that property.
I’ve always been a little uneasy about what Facebook could possibly do with my information. But now using Instagram as a means to profit off of pictures that I share is unjustified. I enjoy using Instagram. But this is no way to treat the millions of users that made the company worth a billion dollars. I’m sure there will be a mass deletion of accounts over the next few weeks. Possibly including mine.
This could be the beginning of the end for social networking as we know it as trust between those companies and their users dwindles.