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Instagram changes in effect

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With social media snaking its way into more outlets of daily life, not only are Twitter users finding themselves tweeting as much as they breathe, but many self-professed “addicts” of the social media craze are turning to another app: Instagram.

Instagram, a photo editting app developed for iPhones in 2010, has taken ordinary photography through smartphones to a whole new level. In the spring of 2012, the company broadened its outreach by making an Android app, and partnering up with Facebook. As of Septermber 2012, over 100 million users haved joined the Instagram community.

Despite the seemingly ever-growing user population, controversy bubbled up when Instagram announced early December that the company planned on changing their terms of use and privacy policy, effective January 16, 2013. In essence, the change would allow Instagram to sell any photos that users uploaded to the app; Instagram could then distribute users’ photos to companies for advertising or other purposes without telling the original photographer of the sale. Instagram would profit, but the photographer would recieve no notification or benefit for their work.

Since the announcement, thousands of users threatenend to “jump ship,” cancelling their accounts and taking all their photos with them. With an impending cloud of anger hovering above Instagram HQ, developers sent out a mass email to all users, referencing a blog post written soon after the change was announced stating, “nothing has changed about your photos’ ownership or who can see them” and “these updates don’t change the fact that you own your photos that you post on Instagram, and our privacy controls work just as they did before.” 

Instagram stated that  they will hold off on any new terms concerning advertising, and the revised policies will take place January 19, three days after the original alteration date.

The official terms and policies of Instagram can be viewed here:

http://instagram.com/about/legal/privacy/updated/

http://instagram.com/about/legal/terms/updated/

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