It has been all over Twitter, people are leaving Instagram in droves. It is all to do with their recent buyout by Facebook which has led to a change in their terms and conditions.
Essentially the plan is to monetise Instagram, how they are going to do it is unclear but they have changed their terms and conditions to allow them to use user’s photos to be bought by third parties and used amongst other things for advertising. They do not need to have user’s permission to use these photos and they will not even pass on payment for using the pictures.
There is an option on Instagram to make your photos ‘private’ – limited to those you allow to see them, but it is unclear whether this prevents your photos being used in this manner.
For me, I’m afraid Instagram, this change is a deal breaker. I have loved using Instagram and sharing the gorgeous pictures it helps us to make, but the risk of having my children’s pictures shared for profit is beyond the pail. It may be a small chance, but there is a chance of that happening, and for me that is too much. Today, along with many other parent bloggers I know, I deleted my Instagram account. It is a shame, but they have taken a wrong turn and put money before the privacy of their users. #RIPInstagram