As a model, I’m horrified by Instagram’s proposed new terms of service. As a human being I’m outraged. The new terms, set to go into effect on January 16th, pretty much grant Instagram free reign to do anything they want with your pictures and data. They can sell your username, your profile picture and any photos you’ve taken with the platform to anyone they want - oh, and you won’t see a penny of that sale. In effect, for me personally, they have become the worse modeling agency in history.
Here are some of their new terms laid out blatantly:
“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. If you are under the age of eighteen (18), or under any other applicable age of majority, you represent that at least one of your parents or legal guardians has also agreed to this provision (and the use of your name, likeness, username, and/or photos (along with any associated metadata)) on your behalf.”
Will public outrage be enough to stop this from going into effect? We shall see. I invite each one of you to repost this or speak out in your own way.
To read more, see BUZZFEED.COM or MASHABLE.COM.