As one might expect, that discovery was met with fierce criticism from those who didn’t like the idea of any of their photos being sold for Instagram’s gain.
For its part, Instagram has argued that the idea that it would sell photos is nonsense. The company said that it was trying to say that it would use a person’s profile, which is attached to a photo, for use in advertisements. A brand that would want to advertise would show a photo of a person on their page, displaying to that person’s friends that they’re following a particular page.
In the coming days, Instagram plans to update its terms to ensure they more accurately reflect the company’s alleged intentions. However, it’s not immediately clear that the initial belief that it wanted to sell photos is totally outlandish. In fact, it appears that there is more here for users to be worried about than Instagram would have them believe.
1. Terms and privacy policies are changing all the time
2. Users are viewed as cash cows
Instagram made one thing clear with its changes: its users are cash cows. The company, which focused mainly on growth since its founding, is now trying to monetize its operation. In its view, the only way to do that is to capitalize on its users and their personal information. It’s rather unfortunate.
3. Facebook owns the company
Let’s not forget that Facebook now owns Instagram: Facebook. The social networking giant bought Instagram earlier this year for $1 billion and now wants to prove to shareholders that it made the right decision. The only way to do that is to deliver higher revenue. And unfortunately, the only way to do that is to leverage its user base. That Facebook is behind all of that can’t be overlooked.
4. It’s hugely popular
Instagram is a massively popular photo-sharing app. At last count, the service had 80 million users. That so many people are affected by this makes the changes matter quite a bit. This is by no means a small company harming a few folks.