Friday, December 28, 2012

Careful with your Instagrams

Did Instagram ever find itself in hot water just before the holidays!

When the popular photo sharing social network updated its policies on sharing users' images, the backlash was immediate

For any Tips readers using Instagram (which is now owned by Facebook), please be aware of the upcoming changes, taking effect January 16.

You will not be able to opt-out. Be sure to read the new Terms of Use; if you don't like them, you may want to delete all your Instagram accounts and content before Jan 16.

In response to the severe negative reaction, Instagram has apologized, saying the misunderstanding is due to what it calls "confusing" language in the Terms of Use statement.

They have promised to revise it and said "it is not our intention to sell your photos." Yet it remains unclear exactly how much access will be given to user content... and to whom.

Stay tuned, as I will be watching the new Terms of Use language closely and will plan to report on it here in the Tips message.

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