Facebook has plans to monetize Instagram. We’re not surprised by that, not in the least because it needs to somehow turn its $1 billion Instagram purchase into a profitable buy. But how will it monetize the service? A recent Business Insider article suggests that Facebook is going to add advertisements to Instagram. Ugh, that would be […]
Facebook-owned Instagram recently updated the terms of service (ToS) for its users, and they’re pretty wild. The social network’s new powers run the gamut from being able to provide your information to advertisers to using the photos that you upload in ads. Insanity! The New York Times recently covered all of the bizarre features you should […]
Instagram has been a hot topic since the social network, now owned by Facebook, updated its terms of service (ToS) last night. We covered it in depth a bit earlier today, so be sure to read up on the new changes and how they will affect you as a user. In general, Instagram isn’t going […]
@NatGeo is suspending new posts to Instagram. We are very concerned with the direction of the proposed new terms of service and if they remain as presented we may close our account.
The social network faced a ton of backlash yesterday after updating its ToS with rules that suggested it will allow it to use any user’s photo inside an advertisement.
Obviously you can see the concern why National Geographic wouldn’t want its pictures used in ads, but Instagram issued a letter late Tuesday afternoon stating that it doesn’t own anyone’s photos and this actually won’t be the case. Here’s what the social network said: “The language we proposed also raised question about whether your photos can be part of an advertisement. We do not have plans for anything like this and because of that we’re going to remove the language that raised the question.”
It’s certainly strange, however, because here’s what the ToS says: Instagram can allow a “business or other entity [to] pay us directly 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.” Something fishy is going on.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see additional photo heavy news outlets leave the service until Instagram removes that line completely.