Do you have an Instagram account? The once awesome site to upload your photos from your portraits of your kids to the fun things you make in your home to your family out and about! With so many photos online in your account it would be terrible loose all of those photos. What would be even worse is if your cute photos of your kids show up in a billboard out in some strange town. Or maybe your family photo used as a magazine advertisement?
If you haven’t heard, Instagram has changed their Terms of Service. As of January 16, 2013 Instagram has the right to use and sell your photos to outside sources. Who knows what will happen with your photos at that point. Below are the points listed in their new change of policy that show they can sell your photos. And as of right now there is no “opt out” option.
Some or all of the Service may be supported by advertising revenue. To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree that a business or other entity may pay us 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. If you are under the age of eighteen (18), or under any other applicable age of majority, you represent that at least one of your parents or legal guardians has also agreed to this provision (and the use of your name, likeness, username, and/or photos (along with any associated metadata)) on your behalf.
You acknowledge that we may not always identify paid services, sponsored content, or commercial communications as such.
So if you don’t mind your family, your kids, your home used as commercials in who knows where or in who knows what type of commercial then there are a couple things you might want to consider.
Many Instagram accounts are being deleted. But you may need to save your photos first, if you haven’t already. Instaport is an app that can help you export your photos off of your account and on to your computer.
Then you may want to consider deleting your Instagram account. To do that go to Instagram help doc here
Some other options are to wait it out. Yes its Instagram’s way of trying to make a living. Who know’s what will happen in the future.