5 Things You Should Know About Instagram's New Policies
Unless reading fine print is a hobby, you probably didn't read their lengthy explanation. In an effort to save you time, Vixen has highlighted (and translated) what you should know about IG's new policies going into effect January 16, 2013.
1. Your data will contribute to advertising: Ads on a social media site are old news, but now you and your girlfriends could be starring in one. As part of IG's new terms, your data and photos could be used for targeting purposes and/or endorse promotions. The fine print reads:
"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."
2. Ads won't be clearly marked: Those Instagram execs sure are sneaky! Once advertisements are initiated, you could mistake one for an ordinary photo.
"You acknowledge that we may not always identify paid services, sponsored content, or commercial communications as such."
3. You are responsible for the content you post: Much like downloading music illegally, posting a copyrighted photo to your account has the potential to land you in hot water with higher-ups. Instagram won't back you up, so beware!
4. Instagram can use your pictures: Although you own your content, IG is free to use it without any consequences. Maybe it's time to filter what you do or don't post?
5. Instagram isn't responsible for lost content: The photo service has become a digital scrapbook for many, but be sure to back up everything on your computer or phone as IG isn't a backup service:
Instagram is not a backup service and you agree that you will not rely on the Service for the purposes of Content backup or storage. Instagram will not be liable to you for any modification, suspension, or discontinuation of the Services, or the loss of any Content.