After Facebook bought Instagram this fall, the world braced itself for unappreciated yet inevitable changes!
They weren't wrong!
Pages of TOS amendments have been released and, boy-oh-boy, does the photo-sharing application grab its users tight by their gonads!
Here is the nasty crux of the company's new "agreement," one that users may only opt out of by DELETING THEIR ACCOUNT:
"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."
So someone can take a picture of us, upload it to their account, and Instagram can sell our picture to third-parties?!
That doesn't just seem mean and unethical, but problematic and possibly even illegal!
One frustrated software developer stated:
"You are not our customers, you are the cattle we drive to market and auction off to the highest bidder. Enjoy your feed and keep producing the milk."
Yikes! It's no wonder this unexpected change caused so much outrage!
By "outrage," of course, we mean angry tweeting! #FearTheHashtagGeneration!
Thousands of Twitter users expressed their displeasure with by attaching #BoycottInstagram to their angst-riddled posts!
Users who loathe the possibility of being pimped out by the Apps on their iPhones have until January 16th to find a new photo-sharing service.
We know what you're thinking, how will the world take amateurish pictures of their cat playing and make them look much, much worse without the help of Instagram's many filters?
Your guess is as good as ours.
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