Instagram revealed a new policy stating that starting from 16 January, they had the rights to sell users’ pictures for advertising purposes… And not pay for or notify them.
The new policy will automatically opt people in, meaning your only choice is to not have an Instagram account.
How will some people deal?!
This has got everyone pretty worried, I mean, imagine Instagram steals your “just woke up #nofilter” picture for a skincare advert or something? I know, I know! This is a serious issue guys, all those artistic pictures of your breakfast can now be sold to major companies.
Some people were bothered buy their privacy being intruded and the possibility of their faces being plastered all over different media platforms:
— Amitai (@taitoush) December 18, 2012
In case u didnt hear, instagram will start selling ur photos to private companies on Jan 16th. #BoycottInstagram
— Andean Lenin (@Ruff1o_) December 18, 2012
How many people are considering deleting and ditching their Instagram after this: http://t.co/JSpXxNoU
— mistajam (@mistajam) December 18, 2012
Down with Instagram!
Others had a more relaxed attitude to the policy change though:
So those nudies I posted of myself on Instagram might end up in a Gap ad? #cool
— Keith White (@Keethers) December 18, 2012
I’m having trouble believing Gap would buy this guy’s nudes.
If Instagram wants to use sepia pictures of my cats sleeping to sell some crap product, more power to 'em.
— Kate (@unicorntastic) December 18, 2012
So Instagram are allowed to sell our photos. Good luck trying to flog pictures of people's nandos
— Jonjo (@Joehewitt93) December 18, 2012
But Instagram are gonna sell your pictures to who? Do you think a filter is gonna get you into Hello magazine? C'mon man, behave.
— Luke (@MrSlapYourself) December 18, 2012
Ha. I bet there is an Instagram model somewhere is hoping their picture will be used in a magazine. If only.
Actually this Instagram thing is stupid our pics could have been sold or used over in china for a can of soup for all we know.
— SEIKO OF LIFE (@Beautybyseiko) December 18, 2012
So, from the tweets I found the general consensus is that if you don’t have pictures interesting enough for advertisements you probably have nothing to worry about. It’s likely to only be on a rare occasion that this actually happens.
But then there was that girl whose image was stolen and printed on Topshop t-shirts…
Is anyone bothered by the changes in Instagram’s policy? Will it make you delete your account? Or could you just not give a damn?
Let us know in the comments below.