On Instagram, where over 100 million users share their personal moments captured in photos, the last things users want is for their photos to be snatched up and used by the photo-sharing platform to profit from, without say or explicit permission from the user. Instagram was recently acquired by Facebook and it seems like the photo-sharing social network is suffering from the same privacy concerns, in the same way Facebook has constantly been battling a fine line between profit versus privacy.
The response to the proposed policy changes by Instagram was so overwhelming that it gained national media attention by national newspapers including The Globe and Mail, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Huffington Post and of course, Mashable, with headlines like “Instagram Will Basically Sign Your Life Away“! Ironically, if you compare YouTube and Twitter’s terms of service, those platforms have nearly the same legal jargon stating that the site owns all of the content you post to it.
Unfortunately, despite Instagram’s quick response, users seem to have already gotten caught up in the headlines with a topic that’s “gone viral” with a continued backlash on Instagram’s Facebook Page. Good luck and all the best to Instagram, I hope you are able to manage this PR crisis to the best of your social media saavy-ness.