Yes, that’s right – your photos just might be sold. Without your permission and without telling you.
According to the new TOS:
“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 aren’t sure you want your child, pets, or even yourself in online ads, you just may need to rethink using Instagram. I’ll admit, I have had fun taking pictures, adding filters, and pretending I’m an excellent photographer – but the fun stops here. I don’t want my images to be sold to some company that I don’t support, especially without any compensation.
So, what can we do? Many people are turning to Instaport to export their photos (they currently have a banner on the site explaining they are seeing high traffic) and it appears deleting their Instagram accounts altogether.
And I guess it'a time to start looking for a new photo app that allows us to share our favorite food, kid, pet, coffee, and nail photos. I’ve heard the new Flickr app is good, and a few others to try out include Hipstamic, Camera Awesome, and even Twitter’s new photo service.
Will you be staying on Instagram or do you plan to move to a new photo service?