Instagram Terms of Usage – Act Before January 19

January 1, 2013


OM SearchingFor those of you who use Instagram, they recently changed their policy to include some ambiguous wording that could allow them to use and sell your photos without your permission or payment to you.

According to Reuters, they have now reverted to the original wording for photo usage, but other terms still remain applicable, including their right to use your personal information.  If your account is not deleted by January 19, you agree to be bound by the new terms.

Information on Instagram policies can be found at:

Instagram Retreats on Some Service Terms After Backlash

Instagram Can Soon Sell Your Photos Without Permission, Payment or Even Notification

If you want to delete your account, here are the steps to do so:

How To Download Your Instagram Photos and Kill Your Account

Alternatives to Instagram:

5 Instagram Alternatives

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8 Comments on “Instagram Terms of Usage – Act Before January 19”

  1. Lynda Says:

    Thank you for sharing this, Nancy. Although I don’t use Instagram I know there are thousands of users out there that do, and this will affect them.

    We are a digital world, who daily shares and stores much out there “In the Cloud.” It is becoming harder and harder to be creative and share without getting bit in the backside for the privilege. Oh, and while I am on the subject, thank you for your other article/notice on pingbacks, or as your friend NRHATCH called them “Stringpings.”

    • dogear6 Says:

      You’re welcome! And yeah, with the cloud involved in so many things this is going to have to get resolved somehow. For people like my husband who make a living with his photographs, having it taken and then spread around is a kiss of death.

  2. pattisj Says:

    Thanks for the update on this. I procrastinated getting hooked up with Instagram, and now glad I did.

  3. Val Says:

    I don’t use it, but I reckon that people who don’t read the Terms of Service for something they sign up to, and keep up to date with changes… well… y’know…

    I’ll share this for you on Facebook.

    • dogear6 Says:

      I try to read them, but they are pages long and deliberately obtuse. It’s hard to really know what they’re trying to say and then when the changes come one on top of the other, it’s easy to miss when a change is really bad. Of course, if they did plain English so we all understood what they were doing, no one would do it!

      Thanks (as always) for stopping by!


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