Users of the smartphone photo app Instagram are in an uproar after new policies allow the company to sell any photos taken with the program. Until now, any content produced by users has been their property, but the company has changed its ways after Facebook acquired it.
Whether it’s food from a restaurant you love or yet another picture of your cat laying on laundry, Instagram has the rights to sell the photos to advertisers, businesses or even the government. Some feel that this infringes upon their personal rights.
“This is an outrage,” said Tuck Swanson, a college student in Missouri, on a tech talk message board. “Photos of me and my bros are mine only.”
Users have already reported seeing their images in strange places. One user saw a photo of her dog in an upcoming desk calendar for Goldendoodle enthusiasts.
“I just feel violated,” said the woman, who asked to not be named. “I was just flipping through different calendars and there she was! I did not sign any paperwork approving this, and I expect to at least be compensated for my work.”
Instagram has been quiet on the issue since the policy agreement was first spelled out for users in a series of articles early Tuesday. Now, many say they’ve already deleted their accounts and moved on to similar apps. However, some don’t mind the new policy as much. Brad Denning, an aspiring from Toledo, says he’s trying to capitalize on the new opportunity for exposure.
“I’m just going to keep posting pics of myself at Applebee’s,” Denning said. “And if they eventually use it for advertising, that’s one professional credit I didn’t even have to audition for.”
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